PITCH AWARDS: Oshoala, Ndidi, Ikeme emerge winners

PITCH AWARDS: Oshoala, Ndidi, Ikeme emerge winners

Reigning African Women Best Player Asisat Oshoala, Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and goalkeeper Carl Ikeme were announced winners in their respective categories at the 4th Nigeria Pitch Awards which held in Uyo on Saturday night.

Oshoala, who was crowned 2016 Queen of the Pitch, beat fellow Super Falcons players Onome Ebi and Desire Oparanozie to the award.

Leicester star Ndidi took the Midfielder of the Year award over Eagles captain John Mikel Obi and Oghenekaro Etebo, while William Troost-Ekong of Gents FC picked the Defender of the Year award.

Carl Ikeme, who have been missing in action due to injury, was named the Goalkeeper of the Year, as Kelechi Iheanacho beat Godwin Obaje and Chisom Egbuchulam to emerge the Best Striker.

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Egbuchulam, however, won the award for the Most Valuable Player in the NPFL while Rafiat Sule of Bayelsa Queen was crowned Most Valuable Player in the Nigerian Women Football League.

Current NPFL champions, Enugu Rangers FC and their former Coach Imama Amapakabo picked the Club of the Year and Coach of the Year Awards respectively.

In the Referee of the Year category, Ferdinand Udoh beat Adebimpe Quadri and Jelili Ogunmuyiwa to win the award for the 3rd time.

Other awards of the night include, the Sam Okwaraji Award which was won by Dr Ifeanyi Ubah; the Football Friendly Governor of the Year was picked by Governor Emmanuel Udom, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, while Lagos emerged State with Best Grassroots Football Development Programme.

Iheanacho was also crowned King of the Pitch of the Year.



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