Lagos - Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel and Liverpool winger Victor Moses have been nominated for another award after being named among the contenders for the BBC Player of the Year Award.
The England-based duo got nominated alongside Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike for the King of the Pitch award at the inaugural edition of the Nigeria Pitch Awards taking place in Calabar on Saturday night.
According to a press statement from the Nigeria Football Federation, BDO Professional Services, who are the independent verifying body for the awards, officially released the results of the nominations made by sports media personalities, coaches, former internationals, administrators and football fans.
Emenike, top scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations finals that Nigeria won in South Africa earlier in the year, scored the Super Eagles’ two goals in the 2-1 win over Ethiopia in Addis Ababa in the first leg of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final qualifying fixture, which makes Saturday’s return with the Ethiopians in Calabar look like an easier session.
John Mikel Obi was key for club and country as the Super Eagles lifted the Africa Cup of Nations and Chelsea FC won the Europa Cup the season after lifting the UEFA Champions League.
Victor Moses, in his first tournament in Africa, dazzled exceedingly at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and was voted Nigeria’s player of the tournament. He was also on song for Chelsea in Europa League matches before moving to Liverpool on loan at the end of last season.
For the women’s category, strikers Desire Oparanozie and Perpetua Nkwocha are joined by defender Evelyn Nwabuoku in the battle for Queen of the Pitch gong. Nkwocha is a four-time African Woman Player of the Year.
In the football-friendly governor category, Governors Liyel Imoke of Cross River State, Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State and Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State have been nominated.
Winners for these and 14 other categories will be announced at the grand award Cceremony coming up at the Metropolitan Transcorp Hotel, Calabar on Saturday, hours after the Nigeria/Ethiopia World Cup qualifying match.