Stanley Eguma

The independent League Bloggers Awards (LBA) has named eight nominees

for the January 2020 Player of the Month and Coach of the month awards

in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Sponsored by Logistics brand, OverXpress, the LBA was instituted in

2009 to celebrate outstanding players and coaches in the domestic


Abdullahi Biffo of Kwara United, Gbenga Ogunbote of Lobi Stars,

Stanley Eguma of Rivers United and Sulaimon Kabir Dogo of Sunshine

Stars make the shortlist for the Coach of the month award.

The Player of the month category has Kwara United duo of goalkeeper

Abdullateef Ishola and Alao Danbani as well as Dakkadá’s Moses Effiong

and Kano Pillars’ Auwalu Ali.

It was a month in which the quartet of Ogunbote, Eguma, Dogo and Biffo

lost one each but claimed 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Interestingly, three coaches: Biffo, Ogunbote and Dogo won on the road

at Akwa United, Adamawa and Wikki Tourists, respectively.

Eguma was without a win on the road.

Dogo was unbeaten in his last five matches in the month under review,

while Biffo earned a four-match unbeaten run before losing his last

match at Adamawa. In addition, his side recorded clean sheets in four

consecutive matches, which included the 2-0 road trip win at Akwa


Ishola enters the record books as the first goalkeeper to be nominated

this term after earning clean sheets in three matches against Abia

Warriors, Katsina United and Sunshine Stars.

Danbani earned nomination like his goalkeeper, after scoring thrice at

Akwa United and Adamawa United, while Auwalu scored twice at Sunshine

and one at home against Warri Wolves to boost his chances.

Effiong’s hattrick against Adamawa United earned him a place in the

prestigious list.

The LBA will announce January winners on Wednesday, next week.


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