Enyimba
FC striker, Mfon Udoh is still in cloud 9 after emerging best player in the
Nigeria Premier League according to organizers of the League Bloggers Awards.



He has also just received his brand new Kia Rio car given by Sports Betting Company, 1960 Bet, Title Sponsors of the League Bloggers Awards.


Mfon
Udoh warded off stiff opposition from Dolphins FC striker, Emem Eduok, Peter
Ebimobowei of Bayelsa United and his team mate, Kingsley Sokari of Enyimba.

After winning the award on Monday, December 15, 2014, logistics and other matters ensured Udoh did not get his until two full weeks later, but he doesn’t mind.

Mfon described it as the icing on the cake for a glorious year he has had
this term.
“I
am very elated that my efforts this season have finally been recognized and it
will just spur me to do much more than before,” Udoh said.
“I
also thank the organisers of the League Bloggers Awards for remembering those
of us who play in the home league and ask that God continue to bless their
efforts,”
The
3rd edition of the end of year, League Bloggers Awards held at the
prestigious Sheraton Hotels and Towers on Monday, December 15, 2014, but Mfon
Udoh was not the only winner on the night.

FAIR PLAY AWARD
Heartland
FC won the fair play award beating the likes of Rangers International, NAsarawa
FC and Crown to the title.
According
to Chief Executive Officer of the LBA, Aikhoje Ojekere, “The Heartland team had
a poor start this season not finding a win in their first nine games.
“There
was no recorded incidence of fans violence or an attack on their on coaches or
players and knowing what happens in the Nigerian League this was big,” Ojekere
said.
BEST USE OF SOCIAL
MEDIA
The  Best Use of Social Media Award went to
Enyimba FC. Other nominated clubs were Dolphins FC, Lobi Stars FC and Sharks
FC.
BEST CLUB WEBSITE
The
Best website award went to Enyimba FC’s
www.enyimbafc.net.
Enyimba
beat Abia Warriors FC,
www.abiawarriors.com and Kano Pillars,
www.Kanopillars .com to the title.
BEST DESIGNED
JERSEY
Dolphins’
Green and White horizontal stripped Nomis designed jersey was picked as the
Best Designed Jersey.
Other
nominated clubs for this category were Lobi Stars (Iwu), Enyimba (Joma) and
Gombe United.
BEST NEW
GOALKEEPER
Heartland’s
young goalkeeper, Emmanuel Iwu was picked as Best New Goalkeeper ahead of Ifeanyi
Agu – Nembe City, Joseph Onuoha – Abia Warriors and Chinedu Anozie – Abia
Warriors.
Iwu,
an 18 year old made his Heartland debut against Enyimba in Owerri this year,
when first choice keeper, Ebere Obi got injured. Heartland won that game by
1-0.
He
then featured a week later in Kano against Kano Pillars and the game ended 1-1.
He
went on to play more regularly for Heartland this past season, eventually
winning the award.
BEST DRAFT FROM
DEVELOPMENT TEAM
This
one was won by Dickson Eche Idakwo of Lobi Stars.
Idakwo
was signed on by Lobi Stars youth team and after their first game in the
Nigeria National League, he was drafted to the first team and played for Lobi
Stars against Crown in their first game of the season.
He
went on to play three thirds of games by Lobi Stars this season.
“I
have played against Idakwo before and I tell you he is a tough player and one
that will go far if he keeps his head,” Mfon Udoh told naijafootball247.com.
BEST DEVELOPMENT
TEAM
This
award was won by Lobi Stars Juniors as they beat  Enyimba Feeders (Division One), Rising Stars
(Division One) and El-Kanemi Babes (Division Two) to it.
ROOKIE OF THE
SEASON
Chisom
Chikatara was given the award for rookie of the season, beating off, Eche
Idakwo of Lobi Stars, Kufre Ebong of Akwa United and Baturer Yero of NAsarawa
United.
Chisom
Chikatara, who used to sell Kolanuts on the streets of Umuahia soon got into
football and signed for Abia Warriors, turning out star performances this
season.
BEST GOALKEEPER
The
Best goalkeeper vote went to Theophilus Afelokhai of Kano Pillars as he edged
out Leke Ojo – Giwa, Femi Thomas – Enyimba, and Dele Ajiboye – Nasarawa United
BEST FOREIGNER
The
best foreign player in the League award went to Tamen Mendrano, the Cameroonian
born midfielder with Sunshine Stars.
Incidentally,
Mendrano won the award in 2012.
He
beat Zoumane Doumbia (Mali) – Heartland, Pape Ousmane (Senegal) – Enugu Rangers
and Saibou Badarou (Togo)  – Heartland
BEST PROMOTED TEAM
Giwa
FC was the best promoted team in the league, obviously by their final placing
on the table
CLUB OF THE YEAR
Club
of the year award went to Kano Pillars, while Okey Emordi of same club got the
Manager of the year honour.
Emordi
beat Paul Aigbogun – Warri Wolves, Baba Ganaru –  Nasarawa United and  Ladan Bosso – Abia Warriors.

BEST NATIONAL TEAM
PLAYER
The
honour for best national team player in the league went to Gbolahan Salami and
he was closely followed by Azubuike Egwuekwe, Emem Eduok and Solomon Kwambe

HIGHEST GOAL SCORER
Mfon
Udoh of Enyimba’s 23 goals certainly made him the highest goal scorer and there
was no contention here.



National Team Duties


Next for Mfon Udoh is to impress the National team coaches as he has been called to camp for two friendly matches against the Ivory Coast and Sudan next week.


The
League Bloggers Awards, LBA is an initiative of three of Nigeria’s leading football
bloggers, Aikhoje Ojekere (www.ojeksaikhoje.blogspot.com), George Akpayen (
www.naijaligue.blogspot.com) and China Acheru
(
www.naijafootball247.com).


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