Super Eagles and Leicester City FC midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and Super Falcons and FC Barcelona Femeni forward Asisat Oshoala emerged as King and Queen of the Pitch for 2019 respectively at the 7th edition of the Nigeria Pitch Awards that was held on Tuesday in Lagos.
Ndidi, who was chosen as Leicester’s man of the match when the Foxes achieved a 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, was chosen ahead of Manchester United’s Odion Ighalo and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen.
Similarly, Oshoala defeated both Francisca Ordega and Onome Ebi to be crowned the best player in the country for the next 12 calendar months.
Other 2019 Nigeria Pitch Award winners include; Kaizer Chiefs’ Daniel Akpeyi and Watford defender William Troost-Ekong, who emerged as Goalkeeper and Defender of the Year in their different categories.
Ndidi confirmed his position as general midfielder for the Super Eagles by dusting off the competition from Glasgow Rangers FC’s Joe Aribo and Stoke City FC’s Oghenekaro Etebo to retain the Midfielder of the Year award.
In the Forward of the Year category, Osimhen avoided competition from Ighalo and Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal FC.
Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, First Vice President of the NFF won the Sam Okwaraji award for his commitment to Nigerian soccer; Gernot Rohr emerged as Coach of the Year 2019; Enyimba International emerged as Team of the Year, while AITEO Group took home the coveted 2019 Soccer Corporate Sponsor Award.
The first prize for sportsmanship was presented to Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, for his use of sport in fighting crime and his athletic attributes in his role as Nigeria’s chief of police.
Delta State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa won the Governor Soccer Friendly for the second year, while Lagos State was the State winner for Best Grassroots Development Program.
The award ceremony that was carried out in accordance with the dictates of the Covid-19 protocol was witnessed by DIG Usman Alkali Baba and CP Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, Director of Communications of the NFF, Ademola Olajire, the best sports editors and two celebrities from Nollywood, Chioma Omeruwa popularly known as Chigul and According to Arinze.