LBA shortlists eight for March prizes in NPFL

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Solomon Ogbeide on the list for Manager of the month
The
League Bloggers Awards (LBA) on Monday nominated four players and
four coaches to contend for the Nigeria Professional Football League
(NPFL) Player and Manager for the month of March.

Shortlisted
in the players’ category are Abia Warriors striker Samson Obi, Austin
Ogunye of Lobi Stars and the Wikki Tourists pair of Nafiu Kabuga and
Abba Umar.

Obi
is named among the shortlist for playing a major role in Abia
Warriors’ fine run in March. The striker scored four times in three
of their four matches in the month under review. The Abia Warriors
man scored in the derby at FC Ifeanyiubah that ended 1-1 and followed
up with two goals against Wikki Tourists and one at Akwa United. His
goals earned Abia Warriors five of their eight points.

Ogunye
had his most productive period of the season in March as he was
directly involved in four of Lobi’s six goals. The ex-MFM man scored
twice in Lobi’s dramatic 3-2 win over Rivers United and provided an
assist in same game. His other goal came in the 1-2 defeat at
Nasarawa United.

No
other player provided the most assists in March than Wikki’s Umar. He
provided two in his team’s 3-0 win over Rivers United and got another
assist when they saw off El-Kanemi Warriors 3-0. He also helped
himself to a goal in the El-Kanemi fixture.

Kabuga
benefited from two of Umar’s assists when he netted the season’s
first hat-trick against Rivers United. The former Kano Pillars
forward also got involved as a goal provider in Wikki’s win over
El-Kanemi in the northeast derby.

For
the manager’s prize Hamza Abara of Niger Tornadoes gets a first
nomination into the monthly award. He will contend with an impressive
field of trainers that include Akwa United’s Abdu Maikaba, Emmanuel
Deutsch of Abia Warriors and Solomon Ogbeide of Lobi Stars.

Abara
led Tornadoes to an unbeaten streak in March – defeating champions
Plateau United and Sunshine Stars in home games and playing draws at
Kano Pillars and El-Kanemi while Deutsch also holds similar streak
having led Abia Warriors to an unbeaten sequence as well. Abia
Warriors defeated Kwara United and Wikki at home and got draws at FC
Ifeanyiubah and Akwa United.

Ogbeide,
on the other hand guided Lobi to three wins – the most in March by
any team. It included an away win at Heartland as well as successes
against Katsina United and Rivers United but suffered a 2-1 reverse
at Nasarawa United.

Akwa
United under Maikaba managed two wins at home against Heartland and
Nasarawa United before Abia Warriors took points off them in a 1-1
draw at their Nest of Champions. Maikaba’s men suffered a 1-0 defeat
to table-toppers Lobi in a month they took seven out of 12 points.

The
winners for the LBA Player and Manager for March will be announced
later this week.

NOMINEES

PLAYERS
Samson
Obi (Abia Warriors)
Nafiu
Kabuga (Wikki Tourists)
Abba
Umar (Wikki Tourists)
Austin
Ogunye (Lobi Stars)

MANAGERS
Hamza
Abara (Niger Tornadoes)
Abdu
Maikaba (Akwa United)
Emmanuel
Deutsch (Abia Warriors)
Solomon
Ogbeide (Lobi Stars)

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