The year ending League
Bloggers Awards, LBA makes a return in Lagos on Tuesday, November 28
after a two year hiatus.
The last time the awards was
held in Lagos, Mfon Udoh was the star of the day winning one million
naira cash prize and a brand new car as Player of the year, courtesy
of Sports betting giants, 1960 Bet.
On Tuesday, the LBA will not
only honour players, but three organisations with special recognition
awards for their contribution in the football leagues in Nigeria.
The
League Bloggers Awards (LBA) will honour three organisations with
special recognition awards for their contribution in the football
leagues in Nigeria.
LBA
takes centre stage in Lagos
The
ceremony is expected to parade the most outstanding performers from
the Nigeria
Professional
Football League (NNL), the Nigeria National League (NNL) and the
Nigeria Women’s Premier League (NWPL).
Coaches,
clubs and players will vie for recognition in 12 categories.
The
13th category of the award which is the top goalscorer in the Nigeria
top-flight, the NPFL, has already been decided. Lobi Stars forward
Anthony Okpotu scored 19 goals last season, one more than MFM FC’s
Stephen Odey now with Swiss club FC Zurich, to emerge top scorer.
Top
among the highlights of the award night will be the prestigious
Player of the Season which recognises the best player in the NPFL in
the past campaign.
Odey,
Okpotu, Alhassan Ibrahim and Plateau United defender Daniel Itodo are
the shortlists for the NPFL Player of the Season.
This
year, the LBA has added two new categories to cater for the Women
League and the second tier, the NNL.
The
awards will recognise the best players in the women’s championship
and the NNL.
Amarachi
Okonkwo of Nasarawa Amazons, Patience Kalu of Rivers Angels, FC
Robo’s Rasheedat Ajibade and Charity Reuben of Ibom Angels are the
nominees for the Best NWPL Player.
In
the Best NNL Player category, Heartland goalkeeper Ebere Obi, Kwara
United free-scoring forward Michael Ohanu, Mohammed Rabiu of Yobe
Desert Stars and Bayelsa United’s Kelly Lubo are in the running.
Other
categories on the night include Best New Player, Best Foreigner, Best
Goalkeeper, Best Defender, Best Midfielder, Club of the Year, Coach
of the Year, Best NPFL National Team Player and Goal of the Season.
Corporate
recognition added to the LBA
Bet9ja,
Eunisell and Star lager beer are the three organisations up for
recognition at the LBA on Tuesday.

The
three organisations have been actively involved in partnering league
football in the country.
Online
sports bookmaker Bet9ja is the main sponsor of the second tier the
Nigeria National League (NNL) and are currently the front-of-shirt
partner with Remo Stars which competed in the Nigeria Professional
Football League (NPFL) last season.
Eunisell,
a global chemical and specialty fluid management company, has been
front-of-shirt sponsor with Sharks and Rivers United for the past
three seasons.
Star,
a lager beer brewed by Nigerian Breweries Plc, is currently the
partner of the NPFL as its official beer.
Top scorer for the season, Anthony Okpotu

NOMINEES
FOR CATEGORIES
1.
BEST NEW PLAYER
*Chinedu
Udechukwu (Katsina United)
*Destiny
Ashadi (Katsina United)
*Peter
Eneji (Plateau United)
*Oche
Salefu (Remo Stars)
*Wasiu
Alalade (ABS FC)
2.
BEST FOREIGNER
*Giscard
Tchatto (MFM FC)
*Kodjovi
Dadzie (Akwa United)
*
Fatau Dauda (Enyimba)
*Idrissa
Bamba (FC Ifeanyiubah)
3.
BEST GOALKEEPER
*Aliko
Mustapha (Niger Tornadoes)
*Olorunleke
Ojo (Sunshine Stars/Akwa United)
*Dele
Ajiboye (Plateau Utd)
*Suraj
Ayeleso (Nasarawa Utd)
4.
BEST DEFENDER
*Emmanuel
Ariwachukwu (Akwa United)
*Daniel
Itodo (Plateau United)
*Elisha
Golbe (Plateau United)
*Okorom
Stanley (MFM FC)
5.
BEST MIDFIELDER
*Ifeanyi
Ifeanyi (Akwa United)
*Afeez
Aremu (Akwa United)
*Onuwa
Chukwuka (MFM FC)
*Batholomew
Ibenegbu (Enyimba)
*Samuel
Matthias (El- Kanemi Warriors)
6.
CLUB OF THE YEAR
*Plateau
United
*MFM
FC
*Enyimba
*Akwa
United
7.
COACH OF THE YEAR
*Kennedy
Boboye (Plateau Utd)
*Abdu
Maikaba (Akwa Utd)
*Duke
Udi (Sunshine Stars)
*Fidelis
Ilechukwu (MFM FC)
8.
BEST NPFL NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER
*Ikechukwu
Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyiubah)
*Osas
Okoro (Rangers)
*Ifeanyi
Ifeanyi (Akwa Utd)
*Rabiu
Ali (Kano Pillars)
*Afeez
Aremu (Akwa United)
9.
GOAL OF THE SEASON
*Sikiri
Olatunbosun (MFM v Rangers)
*Shedrack
Asiegbu (Abia Warriors v Plateau United)
*Victor
Chidume (Lobi Stars v Remo Stars)
10.
BEST NWPL PLAYER
*Amarachi
Okonkwo (Nasarawa Amazons)
*Patience
Kalu (Rivers Angels)
*Rasheedat
Ajibade (FC Robo)
*Charity
Reuben (Ibom Angels)
11.
BEST NNL PLAYER
*Ebere
Obi (Heartland)
*Michael
Ohanu (Kwara United)
*Mohammed
Rabiu (Yobe Desert Stars)
*Kelly
Lubo (Bayelsa United)
12
HIGHEST GOAL SCORER
*Anthony
Okpotu (Lobi Stars) 19 Goals
13.
PLAYER OF THE SEASON
*
Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa Utd)
*Anthony
Okpotu (Lobi Stars)
*Daniel
Itodo (Plateau United)
*Stephen
Odey (MFM FC)

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