The League Bloggers
Awards (LBA) has shortlisted four players and four managers to vie
for the January player and manager awards respectively for their
performances in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Five rounds of
matches were played in the month under review in which Kennedy Boboye
of Plateau United is joined by MFM FC gaffer Fidelis Ilechukwu, Henry
Makinwa of ABS FC and Gbenga Ogunbote of Enyimba for who gets the
manager award for January.

Boboye led Plateau
United to four wins and a draw. His team began with a win at Remo
Stars and followed up with back-to-back home victories over Sunshine
Stars and Enyimba with similar 3-1 scorelines before playing out a
0-0 draw at Gombe United.

Plateau United then
wrapped up their NPFL outing in January with a 2-1 win over Abia
Warriors to top the league with 13 points.

Ilechukwu had a
decent month as well, winning three matches and drawing one with MFM.
The only blip suffered by Ilechukwu’s team in January was a heavy 0-4
defeat at FC Ifeanyiubah.

ABS FC managed by
Makinwa also notched 10 points like MFM FC. Makinwa masterminded
victories over Akwa United, FC Ifeanyiubah and 3SC and earned a point
in a 1-1 draw at Niger Tornadoes but were beaten 1-3 at Lobi Stars on
January 25.

Enyimba gaffer
Ogunbote completes the quartet of managers nominated for the January
LBA. His team, like those of Ilechukwu and Makinwa, got 10 points out
of the 15 available in January after wins against Sunshine Stars,
Gombe United and Nasarawa United. The Peoples Elephant’s only loss
was at Plateau United while they got a point off Abia Warriors in
Umuahia in the Abia derby.

MFM FC duo of Sikiru
Olatunbosun and Stephen Odey, Plateau United’s Kabiru Umar as well as
Rivers United goalkeeper Olufemi Thomas are in the running for the
player’s award.

Olatunbosun provided
the most assists in January being three. He also scored twice in five
appearances while his teammate Odey scored four goals in four
matches. He weighed in with an assist too.

Rivers United
stopper Thomas was in goal for just two games in January against FC
Ifeanyiubah and Lobi Stars, and kept clean sheets in both.

Plateau United
forward Umar got into the mix on the back his two goals and two
assists in January. The striker was very influential in his teams
fine run in the month under review.

The LBA Player and
Manager for January in the NPFL will be announced this week.

THE EIGHT
NOMINEES FOR JANUARY LBA

MANAGERS

Kennedy Boboye
(Plateau Utd)
Fidelis Ilechukwu
(MFM FC)
Henry Makinwa (ABS
FC)
Gbenga Ogunbote
(Enyimba)

PLAYERS

Stephen Odey (MFM
FC)
Kabiru Umar (Plateau
United)
Sikiru Olatunbosun
(MFM FC)

Olufemi Thomas
(Rivers United)

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