Nwankwo Kanu confirms attendance at Nigeria Pitch Awards gala

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The football legend has confirmed his appearance at the event organised to honour the country’s top performers in the beautiful game

Nigeria and Arsenal football great Nwankwo Kanu has announced would attend Monday’s Nigeria Pitch Awards ceremony.

After the Super Eagles’ international friendly against Congo DR, attention will shift to Le Meridien Ogeyi Palace, Port Harcourt to celebrate the country’s performer in football.

The award sanctioned by the Nigeria Football Federation will see Chelsea’s Victor Moses battle Wilfred Ndidi and John Obi Mikel for the King of the Pitch diadem.

And Kanu who was crowned Africa’s best footballer on two occasions has declared his support for the event.

“This Pitch Awards is a credible and prestigious award in Nigeria and I, Kanu is going to be there [on Monday] to be part of the event,” he said in a short video made available to Goal.

“And I call on all Nigerians to be a part of this because this is what we the footballers or whosoever in sports have to appreciate.”

Pitch Award

Also, president of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, Shina Phillips has thanked all the voters and members of the Nigerian media for their support for the Nigeria Pitch Awards.

“Sports Editors and journalists have been our voters for the last 5 editions and they have done this conscientiously without receiving any form of wages.”

Football administrators, referees and journalists are not left out as they will be rewarded for their contributions to football in the country.

NOMINATIONS IN FULL

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
Carl Ikeme Wolverhampton Wanderers
Ikechukwu Ezenwa Ifeanyi Ubah FC
Dele Ajiboye Plateau United FC

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
Leon Balogun FSV Mainz 05
William Troost-Ekong Bursapor FC
Shehu Abdullahi Anothosis Famagusta FC

MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR
John Mikel Obi Tianjin Teda
Wilfred Ndidi Leicester City FC
Victor Moses Chelsea FC

STRIKER OF THE YEAR
Victor Moses Chelsea FC
Anthony Okpotu Lobi Stars FC
Odion Ighalo Changchun Yatai

MVP (MEN) IN THE NPFL
Ikechukwu Ezenwa Ifeanyi Ubah FC
Stephen Odey MFM FC/FC Zurich
Anthony Okpotu Lobi Stars FC

MVP (WOMEN) IN THE NWFL
Charity Rueben Ibom Angels
Rasheedat Ajibade FC Robo
Amarachi Okonkwo Nasarawa Amazons

COACH OF THE YEAR
Fidelis Elechukwu MFM FC
Gernot Rohr Super Eagles
 Kennedy Boboye Plateau United

CLUB/TEAM OF THE YEAR
Super Eagles
Plateau United FC
MFM FC

REFEREE OF THE YEAR
Ferdinand Udoh
Adebimpe Quadri
Ogabor Joseph

STATE WITH THE BEST GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Lagos State
Rivers State
Delta State

FOOTBALL FRIENDLY GOVERNOR OF THE YEAR
His Excellency Godwin Obaseki Edo State
His Excellency Emmanuel Udom Akwa Ibom State
His Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode Lagos State

SAM OKWARAJI AWARD FOR COMMITMENT TO NIGERIAN FOOTBALL
Shehu Dikko 2nd Vice President, NFF
Amaju Melvin Pinnick President, NFF
Chief Ifeanyi Ubah Chairman, Ifeanyi Ubah FC

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CORPORATE SPONSOR OF FOOTBALL AWARD
Aiteo Group
Nigerian Breweries plc
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QUEEN OF THE PITCH
Rasheedat Ajibade FC Robo
Rueben Charity Ibom Angels
Asisat Oshoala Dalian Quanjian

KING OF THE PITCH
Victor Moses Chelsea FC
Wilfred Ndidi Leicester City FC
John Mikel Obi Tiajin Teda

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