In a dazzling display of football prowess, Super Eagles luminaries, including Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, and Wilfred Ndidi, along with Super Falcons’ goal-scoring sensation Asisat Oshoala, have emerged as nominees for the prestigious Nigeria Pitch Awards’ fifth edition. The highly anticipated event is scheduled to unfold in June, set against the vibrant backdrop of Lagos, according to reports from Completesportsnigeria.com.
The official unveiling of the nominees transpired at a press conference on Wednesday in Ikeja, Lagos, orchestrated by Match Makers Consult and SIAO Partners, the esteemed organizers of the event. Among the prominent nominees are Carl Ikeme, currently undergoing treatment for acute leukemia, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Shehu Abdullahi, Odion Ighalo, Anthony Okpotu, Stephen Odey, and Rasheedat Ajibade, each representing the pinnacle of Nigerian football excellence.
A total of 18 categories, each featuring three formidable nominees, promise a night of celebration and recognition for the outstanding talents within the Nigerian football sphere. The ‘King of The Pitch’ category boasts heavyweights Mikel, Ndidi, and Moses, while ‘Queen of the Pitch’ sees a formidable trio of Oshoala, Ajibade, and Charity Reuben competing for the crown.
The array of accolades includes Goalkeeper of the Year, Defender of the Year, Midfielder of the Year, Striker of the Year, and Most Valuable Player, both in the men’s and women’s categories. The event also acknowledges the contributions of coaches, teams, referees, and key figures in grassroots development, as well as honoring football-friendly governors and corporate sponsors.
The Nigeria Pitch Awards promises an exciting celebration of talent, dedication, and the indomitable spirit of Nigerian football, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening in Lagos this June.