Lagos - The annual Nigeria Pitch Awards, which is endorsed
by the Nigeria Football Federation, will take place in the city of Kaduna on
Wednesday, 23rd March, 2016.
Shina Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of Matchmakers
Consult International, organizers of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, said on Monday
that the event will come up hours after the Nigeria, Egypt 2017 Africa Cup of
Nations qualifying match taking place same day at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium.
“We want to assure that voting for the prestigious Nigeria
Pitch Awards would begin before the Christmas break, and that all other
necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure that the Awards process
and everything around it remains transparent and credible, as always.
“We have waited this long to ensure that the domestic League
season was concluded, in order for voters to have enough time to assess all the
players fairly and equally.”
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General Secretary of NFF Mohammed Sanusi, expressed the body’s
continued support for the awards, saying that the Federation was satisfied with
the organization of previous editions of the Nigeria Pitch Awards and that the
Awards have been motivating Nigerian players to better performances around the
“The NFF will continue to support the Nigeria Pitch Awards,
as we have done from the beginning, because we are convinced of the
transparency and credibility of the Awards process. Transparency and
credibility are very important virtues in our lives and must be cherished,”
Also speaking on the Awards process, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo,
Managing Partner of SIAO – the body charged with collating and verifying the
votes, confirmed that voting will begin next week and would last for one month.
Ighodalo confirmed that the organizers are already reaching
out to all voters across the country to ensure that they return their forms
early enough for the names of the nominees to be announced by the end of
“We have immense confidence in the process that we have put
in place. This will maintain the Awards’ transparency and credibility, virtues
for which SIAO Partners are widely reputed for.”
The first edition of the Nigeria Pitch Awards took place at
the Metropolitan Hotel in Calabar in November 2013, while the second edition
was held in Kaduna in June 2015.For
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