The nominations for the 4th Nigeria Pitch Awards have been released.
The awards jointly organised by Matchmakers Consult International and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), is slated to hold in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, at the weekend.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Ademola Olajire, NFF media director, said: “In a letter to the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, signed by the managing partner, SIAO Partners Ltd, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, the auditing firm said that voting was done by Nigeria sports editors/managers.
“They are from across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), between April 5 and April 23, 2017.
“The votes were collated and verified by our team of Auditors and we pride ourselves as one of the best accounting and audit firms operating in Nigeria.
“We have approached this collation process with extreme care and with the standard professional ethics required to sustain the core values of transparency, credibility and integrity.
“Therefore, we take professional responsibility for the integrity of the results presented.”
According to the statement, there are 18 award categories and three nominees for each category.
GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR
DEFENDER OF THE YEAR
MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR
John Mikel Obi
STRIKER OF THE YEAR
MVP (MEN) IN THE NPFL
MVP (WOMEN) IN THE NWPL
QUEEN OF THE PITCH
KING OF THE PITCH
John Obi Mikel
SAM OKWARAJI AWARD
Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah
John Mikel Obi
CLUB/TEAM OF THE YEAR
COACH OF THE YEAR
REFEREE OF THE YEAR
STATE WITH THE BEST GRASSROOTS FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
FOOTBALL FRIENDLY GOVERNOR OF THE YEAR
Nyesom Wike – Rivers State
Udom Emmanuel- Akwa Ibom State
Akinwunmi Ambode – Lagos State
FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – RADIO
FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – PRINT
FOOTBALL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – TV