AITEO/NFF AWARDS- MUSA, EBI, DENNERBY WIN BIG
On a night of glitz and glamour in Lagos, the creme de la creme of Nigerian football were present at the 2nd edition of the Aiteo/NFF Awards held yesterday to honour and celebrate the achievements of Nigeria’s stars.
Present at the ceremony and duly honoured were the likes of former Super Eagles stalwart Taribo West, goal-machine Daniel “The Bull” Amokachi, right-wing genius Finidi George and the rest of the Class of 94, who were all present to receive their awards in what was the highpoint of the night.
Anam Imo was the first recepient of an award on the night, scopping the Young Player of the Year in the Women’s category, ahead of the much fancied Rasheedat Ajibade. Spanish-based Samuel Chukwueze emerged winner of Young Player of the Year for Men, seeing off competition from Henry Onyekuru and Victor Osimhen.
Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby bagged the Coach of The Year for Women while Enugu Rangers coach Gbenga Ogunbote won in the Men’s category ahead of Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr. Dennerby’s Super Falcons side was named Team of the Year following their triumph at the Africa Womens Championship- which sealed qualification for the World Cup in France later this year- to make it a double-wammy for Thomas.
Fans of Kano Pillars FC were named Fans of the Season as Ahmed Musa also won the award for The Goal of the Season- his second strike against Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, beating competition from Odion Ighalo and Kevin Itoya of Enugu Rangers.
The biggest winners on the night were Ahmed Musa and Onome Ebi, both winning the Men’s Player of the Year and Women’s Player of the Year respectively. The pacy, nimble winger and Super Eagles stand-in captain saw off competition from teammates Alex Iwobi and Odion Ighalo. Onome Ebi on the other hand beat teammates Asisat Oshoala and Francesca Ordega to the prize.
Other winners on the night are listed below:
Fair Play Award: Akwa United
NFF Order of Merit Award: Late Chief MKO Abiola
Lifetime Achievement Award: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode
NFF Development Award: Channels Television
Special Recognition: Fatma Samoura, Secretary General, FIFA.