Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has been nominated for the third edition of Nigeria Pitch Awards.
The award which is scheduled for Friday, 25 March, 2016 at the Conference Hall of the Hotel 17, located on Lafia Road, Kaduna, also has Super Eagles number one goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, Ferdinand Udoh and Akwa United in different categories.
Governor Udom Emmanuel is nominated in the Football Friendly Governor of the Year category, while FIFA licensed referee, Ferdinand Udoh, is nominated for Referee of the Year. Vincent Enyeama is to slug it out for the goalkeeper of the Year while Akwa United is nominated in the Club/Team of the Year.
According to the President of Matchmakers Consult International Limited, Mr. Shina Philips, arrangements have been perfected for the showpiece ceremony, starting with red carpet at 7pm on that day.
“We have perfected all arrangements. I am happy to assure you that we have reached out to all the top personalities that we are honouring and have their word that they would be around. We also have the assurance of the Super Eagles that they would turn out en masse, just like they did at the second edition of the Awards which also took place in Kaduna in June last year.”
Speaking in a recent press conference, NFF Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, who represented the General Secretary, said the Federation is proud to be associated with the Nigeria Pitch Awards that “has become a rallying point for all football stakeholders.
“Our resolve to support the Nigeria Pitch Awards has been further strengthened by the reports and feedbacks which we have received about the conduct of the organizers and their interaction with the football community.
“We are proud to state that the process put in place by the organizers has been generally described as credible and transparent. The organizers have continued to maintain these core principles and this is why the nominees and winners have continued to enjoy public acceptance,” he stated, while calling on all Nigerians to join hands with Matchmakers Consult International Limited to take the Awards to new and enviable heights.”
Other categories introduced by the organisers are:
- Rashidi Yekini Award (for the highest goalscorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League)
- Most Valuable Player (Men) in the Nigeria Professional Football League
- Most Valuable Player (Women) in the Nigeria Professional Football League
- Corporate Sponsor of Football Award
- The Sam Okwaraji Award (for commitment to Nigeria football)