By Jon Chinatu.
Reigning King and Queen of the pitch, Victor Moses and Asisat Oshoala retained their crowns in the 2018 edition on Nigeria Pitch Awards held Le Meridien Ogeyi Place, Port Harcourt on Monday night.
The awards ceremony which is in its fifth year was graced by many actors in the Nigeria football scene. NFF president, Amaju Pinick, and his 2nd vice president, Shehu Dikko were among the big wigs at the colorful event. Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr led a handful of his squad and his technical crew to the ceremony.
Enyimba and Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Lobi Stars forward, Anthony Okpotu shone for the Nigeria Professional Football League as they won goalkeeper and striker of the year respectively.
Leicester City combative midfielder, beat Chelsea FC’s Victor Moses and Tianjin Teda FC’s John Obi Mikel to the midfielder of the year award, but was narrowly beaten to the King of the Pitch award by Victor Moses.
In the women’s category, FC Robo Queens captain, Rasheedat Ajibade claimed the award for the MVP in the Nigeria Women Football League but was second best to the reigning Queen of the Pitch, Asisat Oshoala, who retained her crown.
There were special awards to Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, NWFL chairperson, Aisha Folade and Channels TV for their achievement in football for the year in review.
Below is a full list of winners on the night:
Goalkeeper of the year: Ikechukwu Ezenwa
Midfielder of the year: Wilfred Ndidi
Striker of the year: Anthony Okpotu
Referee of the year: Ferdinand Udoh
NWFL MVP of the year: Rasheedat Ajibade
Sam Okwaraji special award: Amaju Pinick
Corporate Sponsors of the year: Aiteo Group
Achievement in Football award: Gernot Rohr, Aisha Folade & Channels TV
Journalist of the year(Print): Tana Aiyejina
Journalist of the year(Radio): Wale Adigun
Journalist of the year(TV): Austin Okon-Akpan
Queen of the Pitch: Asisat Oshoala
King of the Pitch: Victor Moses