*13 categories at end-of-season ceremony
Anthony Okpotu of Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi emerged a double winner at the League Bloggers Awards (LBA) end-of-season ceremony, on Tuesday. The event which produced winners in 13 categories that covered the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the Nigeria National League (NNL) and the Nigeria Women’s Premier League (NWPL).
Okpotu got the highest goalscorer prize and the best player award. Nine other players, one club and one coach were named winners in the different categories during the award night at the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos though one of the categories – the NPFL Highest Goalscorer award – had long been decided.
Anthony Okpotu of Lobi Stars with 19 goals was last season’s top scorer in the NPFL.
Plateau United winger Peter Eneji was named Best New Player in the NPFL ahead of four other shortlists – Chinedu Udechukwu of Katsina United, Destiny Ashadi of Katsina United, Oche Salefu of Remo Stars and Wasiu Alalade of ABS FC.
MFM FC’s Benin Republic star Giscard Tchatto claimed the Best Foreign Player, also in the top division. He got the award ahead of Kodjovi Dadzie of Akwa United, Fatau Dauda of Enyimba and FC Ifeanyiubah goalkeeper Idrissa Bamba.
Nasarawa United goalkeeper Suraj Ayeleso beat the trio of Akwa United’s Olorunleke Ojo, Mustapha Aliko of Niger Tornadoes and Dele Ajiboye of Plateau United to emerge Best NPFL Goalkeeper.
Daniel Itodo and Ikechukwu Ibenegbu were named Best NPFL Defender and Best NPFL Midfielder respectively.
In the two new categories, FC Robo’s Rasheedat Ajibade won the NWPL Player of the Season while Kwara United striker Michael Ohanu emerged the NNL Player of the Sason.
Sikiru Olatunbosun of MFM FC won the Goal of the Season in the NPFL for his eye-catching strike against former league champions Enugu Rangers, and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who played for FC Ifeanyiubah last season, got the Best NPFL-based National Team Player award.
Plateau United won the Club of the Year and their trainer Kennedy Boboye got the award of Coach of the Year.
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
- BEST NEW PLAYER Peter Eneji (Plateau United)
- BEST FOREIGN PLAYER Giscard Tchatto (MFM FC)
- BEST GOALKEEPER Suraj Ayeleso (Nasarawa United)
- BEST DEFENDER Daniel Itodo (Plateau United)
- BEST MIDFIELDER Batholomew Ikechukwu Ibenegbu (Enyimba)
- CLUB OF THE YEAR Plateau United FC Jos
- COACH OF THE YEAR Kennedy Boboye (Plateau Utd)
- BEST NPFL NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyiubah)
- GOAL OF THE SEASON Sikiri Olatunbosun (MFM v Rangers)
- BEST NWPL PLAYER Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo)
- BEST NNL PLAYER Michael Ohanu (Kwara United)
- HIGHEST GOAL SCORER Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars) 19 Goals
- PLAYER OF THE SEASON Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars)