Junior Lokosa
The League Bloggers Awards
have returned for 2018 as two winners were announced for their
performances in January.

Kano
Pillars forward, Junior Lokosa and Abdu Maikaba of Akwa United have
been named the League Bloggers Awards (LBA) Player and Manager
respectively in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for
the month of January.

Lokosa
and Maikaba emerged winners for their outstanding performance with
their clubs in the month of January.

They
finished head and shoulders ahead of six other nominees from LBA’s
shortlist of four each in the player’s and manager’s categories.

The
Kano Pillars striker, currently the leading scorer in the country’s
top division, accounted for 67 percent of his club’s total goals in
January. He scored six goals in six matches, only failing to score in
the 0-0 draw at El-Kanemi Warriors.

It
was in the game against title holders Plateau United that Lokosa
netted twice to help his club to a 2-0 success. His tally ensured he
won the player’s award for January ahead the trio of Samad Kadiri of
Lobi Stars as well as the Akwa United pair of Victor Mbaoma and
Dennis Nya who also had impressive outings in their first month of
the season.

Lokosa’s
other goals came in the games against Katsina United, Nasarawa
United, Rivers United and Abia Warriors.

Maikaba,
on the other hand, came out tops for the manager’s award in a field
that included Plateau United’s Kennedy Boboye, Ibrahim Musa of Kano
Pillars and Duke Udi of Sunshine Stars.

The
Akwa United head coach led his team to finish top of the log in
January. His team won four out of their six matches including a 2-1
win at Tornadoes. Maikaba’s team also drew 1-1 at FC Ifeanyiubah in
their last game in January.

The
only blemish for Maikaba’s men in the month under review was a
one-nil defeat at Go Round FC on the second matchday of the season.

Lokosa
and Maikaba will be presented with the awards on later date by LBA.

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