Paul
Aigbogun and Godwin Obaje have been named Manager and Player respectively for
the month of May in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) by the
League Bloggers Awards (LBA).
The
two men were among eight shortlists named in the race for the two awards in the
month under review.
Enyimba
head coach, Aigbogun, beat the trio of Abdu Maikaba of Wikki Tourists, Rivers
United’s Stanley Eguma and Kabiru Dogo of Nasarawa United to the manager’s
award after guiding the Peoples Elephant to an unbeaten run in May.
The
Nigerian champions notched up 17 points in seven matches including four points
on the road. The high-point of Enyimba’s run in May was their 2-1 win over
arch-rivals Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on May 4.
Rivers
United gaffer, Eguma, was the closest challenger to Aigbogun for the manager’s
award in May. But his team had five points less having won four matches out of
six. Eguma could not save the Port Harcourt club from losses at Abia Warriors
and Lobi Stars.
The
pair of Dogo and Maikaba could only help their clubs to nine points apiece in
the past month.
However,
Obaje emerged clear favourite to land the player’s award in May for inspiring
Wikki’s charge into top spot with six goals, therefore accounting for half of
the Bauchi club’s goals in the month under review.
The
Wikki striker helped himself to a brace against Nasarawa United and a hat-trick
against Shooting Stars, thereby securing six points for his club. His other
goal came in their 1-3 defeat at Sunshine Stars on Match Day 18.
The
goalkeeping pair of Enyimba’s Theophilus Afelokhai and Rotimi Sunday of Rivers
United made the race for the player’s award on the back of three clean sheets
each in May. Afelokhai did not concede in games against MFM FC, Nasarawa United
and FC Ifeanyiubah while Sunday was a massive figure between the sticks for
Rivers United in the matches against Akwa United, Warri Wolves and Wikki
Tourists.
Rivers
United’s Bernard Ovoke earned himself a nomination with his three goals,
including one on the road at Wolves, which earned the Garden City club the full
points. His other goals against title-contenders Enugu Rangers and Cup holders,
Akwa United, were equally influential in securing full points for his club.
Aigbogun
and Obaje will be presented their awards in the coming days by the LBA.
PAST LBA WINNERS
THIS SEASON
February 2016
Player:
Frederick Obomate (Rivers United)
Manager:
Kennedy Boboye (Abia Warriors)
March 2016
Player:
Chisom Egbuchulam (Enugu Rangers)
Manager:
Imama Amapakabo (Enugu Rangers)
April 2016
Player:
Okiki Afolabi (Sunshine Stars)

Manager:
Imama Amapakabo (Enugu Rangers)

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