Tana Aiyejina of PUNCH and Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala were on Friday in Kaduna received the award for 2015 Football Journalist of the Year (Print) and 2015 Queen of the Pitch respectively at the Nigeria Pitch Awards.
The two awardees, Aiyejina and Oshoala had who won same categories of the 2014 edition of the awards. The journalist and soccer player managed to retain their titles. In the same development, Watford striker Odion Ighalo was awarded the King of the Pitch, an award for the men’s best footballer in the country. The football star also bagged the Striker of the Year award.
Other categories of the award were received by, Ikechukwu Ezenwa of Sunshine Stars (Goalkeeper of the Year), Chinedu Udoji of Enyimba (Defender of the Year) and Sunshine’s Paul Onobi (Midfielder of the Year).
Emmanuel Amuneke got the top prize for coaches and Kadiri Ikhana was named the Manager of the Year Award. The Golden Eaglets and Enyimba FC won the Team of the Year and Club of the Year respectively.
The governor of Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, was voted Football Friendly Governor of the Year, as Lagos emerged the State with the Best Grassroots Football Development Programme for the third consecutive year.
In the media category, Godwin Enakhena (Top Radio) and Channels TV’s Austin Okon-Akpan were awarded.
Captain of the National team and Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi along with Pinnick and ex-international Segun Odegbami received the Sam Okwaraji Award for Commitment to Nigerian Football.
The event also saw Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai; Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung; Super Eagles interim coach, Samson Siasia; and former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro receive the Special Achievement in Football awards.
The ceremony was well attended by NFF Vice President (VP) 1 vice president Seyi Akinwunmi, VP 2 Shehu Dikko and NFF board members.