Organizers have announced plans to hold the 7th award ceremony of the prestigious Nigeria Pitch Awards on December 22, 2020 at the Ibis Hotel Ikeja, Lagos.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the president of Nigeria Pitch Awards, Shina Philips, said the ceremony which was earlier scheduled to hold in March was rescheduled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant cancellation of major football events across the world.
“It has been our tradition since 2013 to schedule our award ceremonies to coincide with major Super Eagles engagements,” Philips said.
He said the award ceremony was to honour deserving award winners for the year 2019. Philips stated that this year’s event would have a few guests and sports editors and journalists only in attendance.
“This year’s award ceremony will mark the first award ceremony which will be held in Lagos. As organizers and as responsible corporate citizens, we are mindful of the need to observe all government laid down COVID-19 protocols in order to keep our guests safe. This is why physical attendance will be restricted as many nominees including members of the Super Eagles will follow the event online,” he said.
Highlights of the ceremony will include the announcement of the winner of the King of the Pitch Award which will be a keen contest among Leicester City FC midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo and Napoli FC sensation, Victor Osimhen.
In the women’s category, the Queen of the Pitch Award will be a straight battle among Onome Ebi, Henan Huishang FC player, Chiamaka Nnadozie of Rivers Angels and Barcelona women sensation, Asisat Oshoala.
Football fans also expect tough contests in the Striker of the Year, Defender of the Year, Midfielder of the Year, Coach of the Year and the Football Friendly Governor of the Year categories. Other categories to be decided at the award Ceremony include the Sam Okwaraji Award for commitment to Nigerian football, state with the best grassroots football development programme and the football journalists of the year in the print, radio, TV and online categories.
The Nigeria Pitch Awards is Nigeria’s longest running football awards and arguably the country’s only audited sports awards. It is held annually in partnership with the Nigeria Football Federation.