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Udoji wins Player of The Month award

13 November 2015, 16:06

Lagos - Enyimba captain and defender Chinedu Udoji has emerged as the winner of the player of the month for October, in the Glo Premier League while Danladi Buggi of Giwa FC has been named the best manager of the same month.

The independent League Bloggers Awards (LBA), which organises the awards, announced the winners on Thursday.

Udoji was among a shortlist of four players that included Gbolahan Salami of Warri Wolves, Chisom Chikatara of Abia Warriors, Joseph Osadiaye of Warri Wolves and Dolphins' Ghanaian striker Godbless Asamoah, according to the LBA.

Though the trio of Chikatara, Osadiaye and Salami scored hat-tricks in October, the choice of player for last month came down to just two shortlists in Udoji and Salami.

Salami scored four times in Wolves' attempt to make a final charge for the Glo Premier League title, while "Udoji's defensive display for Enyimba in the month as well as playing the odd-job man role, as a defensive midfielder following injuries to his teammates also gave him an edge."

Also read: Udoji excited with league title prospect

His defensive leadership in the game at Nasarawa United which ended 0-0 helped Enyimba claim a precious point, when he scooped the ball off the line with four minutes remaining in the match.

Udoji was also Enyimba's unlikely hero in October as he added the act of goal scoring to his defensive quality. He scored the winning goal in their 2-1 win over a plucky Shooting Stars in Aba and then replicated the act in the space of two weeks with the solitary goal in their last game in October against Kwara United that helped them claim the three points and set the tone for their record seventh title.

In the manager's category, Buggi was clearly the favourite based on the performance of his club, Giwa FC, in the month under review. Having only been elevated from the feeder ranks of Giwa FC to become head coach of the club in September, he guided his team to an unbeaten finish in October - a feat only rivalled by Nasarawa United.

But Buggi claimed the manager's award on the virtue of Giwa FC's 10 points, the most by any of the 20 clubs in the Nigerian top-flight, in October. Buggi beat Kabiru Dogo (Nasarawa United), Paul Aigbogun (Warri Wolves) and Stanley Eguma (Dolphins) to the manager's award for the month under review.

It is the second time that a coach from Giwa FC will win the LBA manager's gong this season. In April, Tony Bulus claimed the manager's mention while in charge of the Jos club.

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