Nigeria Pitch Awards to host 2015 winners next month

John Obi Mikel is a past recipient of the Nigeria Pitch Awards.

John Obi Mikel is a past recipient of the Nigeria Pitch Awards.

Organisers of the prestigious Nigeria Pitch Awards are set to host the 2015 winners in an event in Lagos in the month of November 2016. The event, which will have in attendance top officers of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and journalists, is billed to honour and celebrate the winners and formally present certificates and statuettes to those who were unavoidably absent at the award ceremony in Kaduna.

Speaking in Abuja yesterday, the President of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, Shina Philips, said the organisers were constantly working to maintain the core values of integrity, credibility and transparency, which have helped the football awards carve a niche for itself in Africa and to improve on the voting process and organisation of the award ceremony itself.

Philips also stated that the annual award ceremony would henceforth hold on one of the International Match Days in the month of March, especially on Super Eagles Match Days. “This will enable all members of the Super Eagles, football stakeholders and sports journalists to come together to celebrate all winners at the same time,” he said.

He reiterated the determination of the organisers to stage award ceremonies, which will guarantee the presence of winners, stressing that this was the key reason the ceremonies would hold on match days.

Philips revealed, “Nomination and voting would commence in December every year because by then, the NPFL would be over and voters would have had one full year to assess the foreign based players.

“As organisers, we are proud of the great work that Shehu Dikko, Nduka Irabor and the entire staff of League Management Company (LMC) have done to revive our domestic league. The attendance in the final match between Rangers FC and El Kanemi FC is an indication of the success the Federation has achieved with our domestic league. The match recorded an unprecedented attendance of 48, 000 spectators; 3.5 million TV viewership.”

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