Mikel, Moses, Ikeme, Oshoala, Ndidi, Okpotu Nominated For Nigeria Pitch Awards

By James Agberebi: Super Eagles stars Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun and Wilfred Ndidi as well as

By James Agberebi:

Super Eagles stars Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun and Wilfred Ndidi as well as Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala have all been nominated for accolades at the fifth edition of the 2017/2018 Nigeria Pitch Awards coming up in June in Lagos, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The nominees for the fifth edition were unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday in Ikeja, Lagos.

The awards are organised by Match Makers Consult and SIAO Partners.

Also nominated for this edition are Carl Ikeme (who is currently receiving treatment for acute leukaemia), Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Shehu Abdullahi, Odion Ighalo, Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars), Stephen Odey and Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo).

There are 18 categories with three nominees in each. Among the categories are King of The Pitch which has Mikel, Ndidi and Moses, and Queen of the Pitch will be contested by Oshoala, Ajibade and Charity Reuben (Ibom Angels).

For the Goalkeeper of the Year, the trio of Ikeme, Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye will slug it out, The Defender of the Year will see Balogun, Troost-Ekong and Abdullahi do battle; Mikel, Ndidi and Moses are in the midfield category while for the Striker of the Year will be between Ighalo, Okpotu and Moses.

For the Most Valuable Player, Men, in the Nigeria Professional Football League, Ezenwa, Okpotu and Odey will go head-to-head, and for the Nigeria Women Football League, Ajibade, Reuben and Amarachi Okonkwo (Nassarawa Amazons) are in contention.

Other categories include Coach of the Year, Club/Team of the Year, Referee of the Year, and State With The Grassroot Programme.

Also, there is the category for Football Friendly Governor of The Year, Sam Okwaraji Award for Committment To Nigerian Football, Corporate Sponsor of The Year, Football Journalist of The Year (Print), Football Journalist of The Year (Radio) and Football Journalist of The Year (TV),

GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR

1. Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
2. Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Ifeanyi Ubah FC)
3. Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United FC)

DEFENDER OF THE YEAR

1. Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05)
2. William Troost-Ekong (Bursapor FC)
3. Shehu Abdullahi (Bursaspor FC)

William Troost-Ekong

MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR

1. John Mikel Obi (Tianjin Teda)
2. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City FC)
3. Victor Moses (Chelsea FC)

STRIKER OF THE YEAR

1. Victor Moses (Chelsea FC)
2. Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars FC)
3. Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai)

MVP (MEN) IN THE NPFL

1. Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Ifeanyi Ubah FC)
2. Stephen Odey (MFM FC/FC Zurich)
3. Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars FC)

MVP (WOMEN) IN THE NWFL

1. Charity Rueben (Ibom Angels)
2. Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo)
3. Amarachi Okonkwo (Nasarawa Amazons)

COACH OF THE YEAR

1. Fidelis Elechukwu (MFM FC)
2. Gernot Rohr (Super Eagles)
3. Kennedy Boboye (Plateau United)

CLUB/TEAM OF THE YEAR

1. Super Eagles
2. Plateau United FC
3. MFM FC

REFEREE OF THE YEAR

1. Ferdinand Udoh
2. Adebimpe Quadri
3. Ogabor Joseph

STATE WITH THE BEST GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

1. Lagos State
2. Rivers State
3. Delta State

FOOTBALL FRIENDLY GOVERNOR OF THE YEAR

1. His Excellency Godwin Obaseki (Edo State)
2. His Excellency Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom State)
3. His Excellency Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos State)

SAM OKWARAJI AWARD FOR COMMITMENT TO NIGERIAN FOOTBALL

1. Shehu Dikko (2nd Vice President, NFF)
2. Amaju Melvin Pinnick (President, NFF)
3. Chief Ifeanyi Ubah (Chairman, Ifeanyi Ubah FC)

CORPORATE SPONSOR OF FOOTBALL AWARD

1. Aiteo Group
2. Nigerian Breweries plc
3. Coca Cola plc

FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (PRINT)

1. Johnny Edwards (Complete Sports)
2. Tana Aiyejina (Punch Newspapers)
3. Olalekan Okusan (The Nation Newspapers)

FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (RADIO)

1. Godwin Enakhena (Top Radio FM)
2. Olawale Adigun (Top Radio FM)
3. Tony Bekederemo (Brila FM)

FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR (TV)

1. Austin Okon-Akpan (Channels TV)
2. Godwin Enakhena (LTV/SportsSplash)
3. Mozez Praiz (Supersport)

QUEEN OF THE PITCH

1. Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo)
2. Rueben Charity (Ibom Angels)
3. Asisat Oshoala (Dalian Quanjian)

KING OF THE PITCH

1. Victor Moses (Chelsea FC)
2. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City FC)
3. John Mikel Obi (Tiajin Teda)

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Ikeme Thumbs Up Wolves Teammates On EPL Promotion

By Johnny Edward: Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has congratulated his teammates for their hard work in helping the club

By Johnny Edward:

Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has congratulated his teammates for their hard work in helping the club gain promotion back to the English Premier League, 
Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Wolverhampton Wanderers were relegated to the English Championship in 2012, but will be competiting in the elite division in England after six years.

Ikeme played no part in the team’s promotion back to the elite division having been diagnosed with an acute Leukemia but was full of praises for Nuno Espirito Santos’ side.

“Congratulations to everyone involved with our great club. The hard work, loyalty and togetherness is something to savour,” Ikeme wrote on his Instagram page.

Wolves defeated Birmingham City 2-0 to move 12 points clear of second placed Cardiff who have a game in hand.

Wolves have 95 points from 43 games and will be crowned Champions if they get at least a point in their next game against Bolton Wanderers

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EPL: Carl Ikeme’s Wolves gain promotion to Premier League

Carl Ikeme’s club, Wolverhampton Wanderers have been promoted to the Premier League following Brentford’s dramatic late draw with Fulham on

Carl Ikeme’s club, Wolverhampton Wanderers have been promoted to the Premier League following Brentford’s dramatic late draw with Fulham on Saturday.

They club has become the first team to be promoted from the Championship this term because Fulham failed to beat Brenford at home.

Fulham needed to win to remain in the automatic promotion places.

Cardiff leapfrogged Fulham in the table after they beat Norwich earlier in the day.

Wolves are now nine points clear at the top of the table and they can all-but secure the league title if they beat Birmingham on Sunday.

They returned to the top flight for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

And manager Nuno Espirito Santo wants his team to be fully focused on winning the league title.

He said after the match, “It’s not a party; it’s a game.

“We don’t think about the result, we think about how we want to perform – the tasks that we have to do to win the game.

“After we win the game, it’s OK. But before that, don’t get distracted. Don’t even think about celebrating – we haven’t achieved anything yet.

“The game is on Sunday. I don’t talk about ‘what ifs’, I’m only focused on what I have to do and what my players have to do on Sunday.

“It’s going to be a tough game; 12 o’clock, it’s not a party.”

Ikeme’s Wolves Gain Promotion Back To EPL

By James Agberebi: Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme’s English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers have secured promotion back to the Premier League

By James Agberebi:

Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme’s English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers have secured promotion back to the Premier League after Fulham failed to beat Brentford on Saturday.

Ikeme has not been involved in the promotion bid due to acute leukaemia but he will be honoured by the club.

Third-placed Fulham were held to a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage by Brentford which confirmed Wolves’ promotion.

Fulham’s draw with Brentford means they now trail Wolves by 10 points with only three matches remaining for the London club.

Wolves who have occupied top spot in the Championship since October, will host Birmingham City on Sunday.

They currently have 92 points with 28 victories and eight draws, with 76 goals scored.

Their promotion ended a six-year absence from the top flight and this is the third time Wolves have earned promotion from the Championship.

Two clubs are automatically promoted from the 24-team second-tier Championship with teams in third to sixth vying for the third promotion spot via the play-offs.

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Akinwunmi: Ikeme Recovering Well, Anxious To Return To Football

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja: Hospitalized Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is anxious to return to football even as he rues

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:

Hospitalized Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is anxious to return to football even as he rues missing the World Cup in Russia, Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi has revealed, 
Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

“Carl is recuperating very well and fast too. If the place he is receiving treatment is not an hospital, you won’t believe that he is sick,” Akinwunmi told 
Completesportsnigeria.com.

“He is in high spirit when we visited him in the United kingdom. He was so happy and appreciated our visit

“He is wishing the Super Eagles good in Russia even as he would have wished to be part of the team representing Nigeria. He is anxious to return to the game as soon as it is possible. He would

want to continue his football career and I believe he would,” the NFF vice president stated.

On the goalkeeping challenges of the Super Eagles, Akinwunmi stated that since the coaches are satisfied with the four players they have in that area, the option is to continue to work on them with the hope they will be ready in time for World Cup.

Barrister Akinwunmi would however not join in predicting how far the Super Eagles will go in Russia, but is confident that Nigeria will qualify from the group stage, adding the Super Eagles will give it their best shot to write their name in history.

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NFF Top Shots Visit Ikeme In Hospital

The top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF)  have paid a very heart warming visit to  Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl

The top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF)  have paid a very heart warming visit to  Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

Wolves goalkeeper Ikeme had been the super Eagles first choice before the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary fixture against Swaziland and the first match of the group phase against Zambia in Ndola.

But in some few months ago, he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia after returning “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing at English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers and had to undergo chemotherapy.

On Monday, as the Super Eagles prepared for tonight’s World Cup friendly against Serbia in London, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, led a delegation of NFF top shots and team staff to visit Ikeme at The Christie Clinic in Manchester, where he is being treated, the NFF said in a press release on Monday.

In the delegation also were NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, Super Eagles’ Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi, Eagles’ goalkeepers’ trainer Alloy Agu and team media officer, Toyin Ibitoye.

Pinnick said: “We have come on behalf of the Government of Nigeria and the NFF to check up on you, find out how your recovery is going and to tell you that you are still very much on our minds and a member of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

“We have also come to seek your permission to be our special guest at the pre- World Cup friendly game against England at the Wembley Stadium on 2nd June. We want you to perform the customary kick-off of that game and if you approve of it, we will immediately request this of The Football Association.”

Pinnick further assured the goalkeeper that he would be fully captured in the team’s financial benefits for Nigeria’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup “as we all remember the role you played in helping us get off to a winning start in the final phase of qualifiers in Ndola against Zambia.

“We believe this is just a phase that will pass away. You will come out of it stronger and still be able to do what you love to do the best, both for your club and the Super Eagles of Nigeria.”

Enebi, said: “On behalf of the team, we want to reassure you of our love. The entire team would have been here to see you if we were not playing against Serbia. Coach Gernot Rohr, the technical and backroom staff are all praying for your speedy recovery. The team asked that I present this autographed jersey, signed by all the players, to you. It is our new kit for the World Cup.”

Agu, who is a former Super Eagles goalkeeper, said: “As your goalkeeper coach in the national team, I know you are a fighter, you never give up. I believe these attributes will see you through. We will always be there for you as you recover from this illness.”

An ecstatic Ikeme, moved by all the kind words, responded: “I am so overwhelmed by this show of love. I am indeed grateful to Nigerians who daily flood my phone with prayers and well wishes. I feel their love everywhere, everyday, on social media. I thank the Government of Nigeria and the NFF for all the support and I appreciate my teammates so much for being there for me.”

NFF Top Shots Visit Ikeme In Hospital, To Honour Keeper At England Vs Nigeria Friendly

The top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF)  have paid a visit to stricken Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, Completesportsnigeria.com

The top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF)  have paid a visit to stricken Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Wolves goalkeeper Ikeme became the Super Eagles first choice before the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary fixture against Swaziland and the first match of the group phase against Zambia in Ndola.
But nine months ago, he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia after returning “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing at English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers and had to undergo chemotherapy.

On Monday, as the Super Eagles prepared for tonight’s World Cup friendly against Serbia in London, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, led a delegation of NFF top shots and team staff to visit Ikeme at The Christie Clinic in Manchester, where he is being treated, the NFF said in a press release on Monday.

In the delegation also were NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, Super Eagles’ Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi, Eagles’ goalkeepers’ trainer Alloy Agu and team media officer, Toyin Ibitoye.

Pinnick said: “We have come on behalf of the Government of Nigeria and the NFF to check up on you, find out how your recovery is going and to tell you that you are still very much on our minds and a member of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

“We have also come to seek your permission to be our special guest at the pre- World Cup friendly game against England at the Wembley Stadium on 2nd June. We want you to perform the customary kick-off of that game and if you approve of it, we will immediately request this of The Football Association.”

Pinnick further assured the goalkeeper that he would be fully captured in the team’s financial benefits for Nigeria’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup “as we all remember the role you played in helping us get off to a winning start in the final phase of qualifiers in Ndola against Zambia.

“We believe this is just a phase that will pass away. You will come out of it stronger and still be able to do what you love to do the best, both for your club and the Super Eagles of Nigeria.”


Enebi, said: “On behalf of the team, we want to reassure you of our love. The entire team would have been here to see you if we were not playing against Serbia. Coach Gernot Rohr, the technical and backroom staff are all praying for your speedy recovery. The team asked that I present this autographed jersey, signed by all the players, to you. It is our new kit for the World Cup.”

Agu, who is a former Super Eagles goalkeeper, said: “As your goalkeeper coach in the national team, I know you are a fighter, you never give up. I believe these attributes will see you through. We will always be there for you as you recover from this illness.”

An ecstatic Ikeme, moved by all the kind words, responded: “I am so overwhelmed by this show of love. I am indeed grateful to Nigerians who daily flood my phone with prayers and well wishes. I feel their love everywhere, everyday, on social media. I thank the Government of Nigeria and the NFF for all the support and I appreciate my teammates so much for being there for me.”

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