Junior Lokosa

Kano
Pillars top man, Junior Lokosa seems like he may win a second
straight League Bloggers Awards, LBA after he made the shortlist for
the February edition.

Lokosa
was named Nigerian League Player Of The Month for January 2018 after
his sterling performances and goals for that period.

The
former First Bank FC striker did not stop scoring though as he got
three goals in four matches in February to get himself nominated
again

Four
players and four head coaches were listed to vie for the February
edition of the Awards.

According
to Wednesday’s announcement of the nominees, Kwara United forward
Stephen Alfred, Enugu Rangers goalkeeper Femi Thomas, Isaac Giwa of
Wikki Tourists and winner of the January edition, Junior Lokosa of
Kano Pillars will contend for the player’s award for February award.

Despite
Kwara United’s struggles in the division, Alfred stood out in the
month under review, scoring three times – twice in the 3-3 draw at
Nasarawa United and once in the 2-1 success over Katsina United.

Rangers
stopper Thomas squeezed his way into the shortlist on the back of
clean sheet performances against El-Kanemi Warriors, Abia Warriors
and Rivers United on the spin. He also put in tip-top display in the
1-1 draw with Kano Pillars and the one-nil loss to title-holders
Plateau United.

Wikki
left-back Giwa produced one of the eye-catching displays though his
team’s results hardly replicated his performance. The former Gombe
United man weighed in with two assists as Wikki won once, drew once
and lost twice in February.

NPFL
leading scorer Lokosa continued his fine form of January into
February. He scored three goals in four games helping his club to an
unbeaten finish. The ex-First Bank FC striker showed he is also the
man for the big occasion, scoring against MFM FC, Enyimba and
Rangers.

Gbenga
Ogunbote of Rangers, Enyimba’s Paul Aigbogun, Ramson Madu of
Heartland and Stanley Eguma of Rivers United are all in line for the
manager’s prize.

In
five games, Ogunbote led Rangers to two wins, two draws and a defeat.
This includes an away point in the southeast derby against Abia
Warriors.

Enyimba
under Aigbogun finished February unbeaten in four matches taking
eight points from two wins and two draws including draws at El-Kanemi
(0-0) and Kano Pillars (1-1) being the highlight of it all.

Eguma
and Madu led Rivers United and Heartland to away wins at Kwara United
and Niger Tornadoes respectively as their teams won the most number
of matches (three apiece) in the month under review. Despite
Heartland’s struggles this season, February was a buoyant month for
them as only Rivers United equalled their nine point tally.

Winners
in the player and manager categories will be announced by LBA next
week.

THE
NOMINEES

PLAYERS
Stephen
Alfred (Kwara United)
Junior
Lokosa (Kano Pillars)
Isaac
Giwa (Wikki Tourists)
Femi
Thomas (Enugu Rangers)

MANAGERS
Gbenga
Ogunbote (Enugu Rangers)
Paul
Aigbogun (Enyimba)
Ramson
Madu (Heartland)
Stanley
Eguma (Rivers United)

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