Super Eagles striker, Ahmed Musa and Super Falcons player Francisca Ordega both won the top prizes of King and Queen of the Pitch at the 6th Nigeria Pitch Awards held after the international friendly against Zimbabwe in Asaba.
In the Defender of the Year category, William Troost-Ekong of Udinese starved off competition from fellow team mates Leon Balogun and Kenneth Omeruo to claim the prize, while in the Goalkeeper’s category, Anorthosis Famagusta goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho beat last year’s winner, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Enyimba International goalie Theophilus Afelokhai to win the prize for the first time.
Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi retained the Midfielder of the Year award and Odion Ighalo, the Shanghai Shenhua forward was voted the Striker of the Year.
The Sam Okwaraji Award for commitment to Nigeria Football has been one of the high points of previous Awards Ceremonies. Seyi Akinwunmi, the First Vice President of the NFF and Chairman Lagos FA last night joined Amaju Pinnick and Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah as winners of the prestigious Award.
Oil giant, Aiteo Group retained the Corporate Sponsor of Football award, while Enugu Rangers Coach, Gbenga Ogunbote won the Coach of the Year award with his team carting home the Club of the Year award.
Nigeria’s national women team, Super Falcons were voted the Best National Team.
Full List of winners
Goalkeeper of the Year - Francis Odinaka Uzoho
Defender of the Year - William Troost-Ekong
Midfielder of the Year - Wilfred Ndidi
Striker of the Year - Odion Ighalo
MVP in NPFL - Junior Lokosa
MVP in the NWFL - Rasheedat Ajibade
Queen of the Pitch - Francisca Ordega
King of the Pitch - Ahmed Musa
Coach of the Year - Gbenga Ogunbote
Club of the Year - Enugu Rangers
National Team of the Year - Super Falcons
Referee of the Year - Adebimpe Quadri
Sam Okwaraji Awards - Seyi Akinwunmi
State with the Best Grassroots Football Dev. Prog. - Lagos State
Football Friendly Gov. of the Year - Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa
Football Journalist of the Year (Print) - Johnny Edwards
Football Journalist of the Year (Radio)- Tony Bekederemo
Football Journalist of the Year (TV) - Mozez Praiz
Football Journalist of the Year (Online)- Samuel Ahmadu
Corporate Sponsor of Football - AITEO Group
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