Football: 3rd Edition of Nigeria Pitch Awards To Hold In Kaduna On March 25

The 2016 edition of award ceremony "Nigeria Pitch Awards" is set to hold on Friday, March 25 in Kaduna, northern Nigeria.

The Award which is organised to celebrate football players as well coaches, referees, player managers, football administrators amongst others, first held in Calabar, Cross River state in 2013.

The award organizer, Shina Philips further disclosed that all hands are on deck to ensure a successful hosting of the events.

‘We have perfected arrangements for the third edition of the Nigeria Pitch Awards. All is set for us to hold the ceremony in Kaduna on Friday, March 25.’

Announcing the categories, Ighadalo said that Ahmed Musa of CSKA Moscow, Odion Ighalo of Watford, Victor Osimhen and Gbolahan Salami will battle for the King of the Pitch Award, while Ngozi Ebere of PSG Ladies, Desire Oparanozie Guingamp FC, Asisat Oshoola of Liverpool Ladies and Ngozi Okobi of Washington Spirit will vie for the Queen of the Pitch Award.

The Goalkeeper of the Year category has Karl Ikheme of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vincent Enyeama of Lille FC, Femi Thomas of Enyimba FC and Ikechukwu Ezinwa of Sunshine FC. In the Defender of the Year category, Chima Akas of Rivers FC, Chinedu Udoji, Efe Ambrose of Celtics FC of Scotland and Austin Oboroakpo will slug it out.

For the Striker of the Year, Gbolahan Salami, formerly of Warri Wolves, Odion Ighalo of Watford, Chisom Chikatara of Abia Warriors and Victor Osimhen will contend for the award, while the Rashidi Yekini Award will go to the highest goal scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Gbolahan Salami.

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