Friday, 11 May 2018
Nigeria Pitch Awards' progress excites Philips
He made the remarks during the unveiling of nominees for the 2017/18 Awards held during the week in Lagos.
“The Nigeria Pitch Awards is a platform for recognising, rewarding and celebrating talented and industrious footballers and other stakeholders in Nigerian football.
“Since the introduction of the awards five years ago, it has continued to grow to become a significant and essential part of our football society," Philips said.
He acknowledged support from partners which he said has helped in realising the objectives of the annual event.
“We thank the Federal Ministry of Sports and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), for their immense support.
“We thank SIAO Partners, Nigeria’s foremost accounting firm for being our independent vote collation body for displaying professionalism in the collation of results and the entire voting process.
“We are also buoyed by the responses we have received from sports journalists, Nigerian footballers and administrators," he said.
Meanwhile, the highlight of the unveiling of nominees was the nomination of Nigerian international, Victor Moses in three categories.
Also nominated for various awards are the Super Eagles captain now with Tianjin Teda of China, John Mikel Obi; Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi; Changchun Yatai's goal merchant, Odion Ighalo; Lobi Stars' Anthony Okpotu; Shehu Abdullahi; Leon Balogun; William Troost-Ekong; recuperating goalkeeper Carl Ikeme; Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye
of Plateau United, among others.
The fifth Nigeria Pitch Awards is scheduled to hold later this month in Lagos.
One of the nominees for the 2017/18 Nigeria Pitch Awards, Anthony Okpotu. He is gunning for the Striker of the Year and the NPFL's Most Valuable Player (Men) Awards.