The
shortlists for the Manager and Player of July in the Nigeria Professional
Football League (NPFL) – League Bloggers Awards (LBA) have been named after
long deliberation.
Four
players and four coaches were listed among the nominees on Monday to vie for
the NPFL-LBA for the month of July.
In
the race for the manager’s award are Kabiru Dogo of Nasarawa United, Plateau
United’s Zachary Baraje, Rafael Everton of FC Ifeanyiubah and Imama Amapakabo
of Enugu Rangers.
Dogo
and Baraje helped their teams amass 10 points from five matches apiece in the
month under review and also lost once each. However, Plateau United under
Baraje stunned the bookmakers when they won at Abia Warriors by a goal on July
3 and also won 1-0 at MFM FC on the last day of July.
Nasarawa
United managed by Dogo notched up two big wins at home against Sunshine Stars
and El-Kanemi with identical 3-0 scorelines having added Rivers United to the
teams they conquered in July. Their other point came at struggling Ikorodu
United where they played out a 2-2 draw on July 24.
FC
Ifeanyiubah’s Brazilian trainer, Everton and Amapakabo share the same stats for
July. Both men guided their teams to unbeaten streaks and got nine points
apiece. Rangers’ 3-2 win at Akwa United proved a major catalyst in Amapakabo
making the shortlists for the manager of July.
The
tussle for the July players has quite an interesting field that includes
Plateau United goalkeeper, Danladi Isah. The custodian will have to face the
trio of outfield players in Abdulrahman Bashir (Nasarawa United), Fortune
Omoniwari (Akwa United) and Kingsley Eduwo (Lobi Stars).
Isah
kept three clean sheets in July – two on the road at Abia Warriors and MFM FC
and then at home to Enyimba. The Plateau United goalkeeper was one of the
reasons his team came out of their contest at Abia Warriors as one-nil winners.
He then followed up with superb performances against Enyimba and MFM FC. Isah
also saved a spot kick at the Agege Stadium in Lagos to help his team to a 1-0
win over MFM FC.
Omoniwari
scored thrice for Akwa United in July in their losses at home to Rangers and
then away at Warri Wolves while Eduwo netted on matchdays 27, 28 and 29 against
Plateau United, Rangers and Warri Wolves to take his tally to three goals in
the month under review.
Nasarawa
United striker, Bashir, who has been among the shortlists in the past two
months, notched up five goals in five matches against Rivers United, 3SC,
Sunshine Stars, Ikorodu United and El-Kanemi Warriors.
The
winners of the NPFL-LBA for July will be announced this week.
THE SHORTLIST FOR
JULY
Players
Abdulrahman
Bashir (Nasarawa United)
Fortune
Omoniwari (Akwa United)
Danladi
Isah (Plateau United)
Kingsley
Eduwo (Lobi Stars)
Managers
Kabiru
Dogo (Nasarawa United)
Zachary
Baraje (Plateau United)
Rafael
Everton (FC Ifeanyiubah)

Imama
Amapakabo (Enugu Rangers)

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