Lagos - Super Eagles midfielder John Mikel Obi was crowned
Best Midfielder and King of Pitch (Player of the Year) in the maiden Nigeria Pitch
Award held in Calabar at the weekend.
Super Falcons striker Perpetua Nkwocha, who is also a
four-time African Woman Player of the Year was named Queen of Pitch.
Eagles safe hand Vincent Enyeama was crowned Goalkeeper of
the Year; Godfrey Oboabona won Defender of the Year and Emmanuel Emenike, top
scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, emerged Striker of the
Other winners included Stephen Keshi (Coach of the Year);
Jelili Ogunmuyiwa (Referee of the Year); John Shittu (Players’ Agent of the
Year); Kano Pillars (Club of the Year); Ade Ojeikere (Journalist of the Year –
Print); Bimbo Adeola (Journalist of the Year – Radio); Toyin Ibitoye
(Journalist of the Year – TV) and Lagos State (Best Grassroots Development
Member, NFF Technical and Development Committee and CAF
General Coordinator, Etubom Paul Bassey and former Super Eagles’ captain Jay
Jay Okocha, also a member of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, were
given Special Recognition awards.
Present at the awards were Governor Imoke, his wife
Barrister (Mrs) Obioma Liyel Imoke, Cross River State Commissioner for Sports,
Hon. Patrick Ugbe, NFF President Alhaji Aminu Maigari, NFF Executive Committee
members Barrister Green, Alhaji Muazu Suleyman, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande,
Chief Anyansi-Agwu, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, Hon. Shehu Adamu and Alhaji
Ahmadu Muazu Kawu, NFF General Secretary Barrister Musa Amadu, NFF Director of
Marketing, Adama Idris and NFF Assistant Director (Media) Ademola Olajire.
There were also Alhaji Mumuni Alao, Managing Director of
Complete Communications Limited and Mr. Kunle Solaja, General Editor of The Sun