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Organisers kick off programme for Seventh Nigeria Pitch Awards

By Sadiq Abdullahi
02 December 2019   |   3:02 am
Organizers of the prestigious Nigeria Pitch Awards have announced plans to stage the seventh edition of the annual football awards, saying that activities leading to the event gala night have started across the country.

Super Eagles and Leicester City FC Star, Wilfred Ndidi (left) receiving his award statuette and certificate for Midfielder of the Year 2018 from Ahmed Fresh, NFF Board Member at the 2018 Award Ceremony in Asaba.

Organizers of the prestigious Nigeria Pitch Awards have announced plans to stage the seventh edition of the annual football awards, saying that activities leading to the event gala night have started across the country.

Speaking in Abuja at the weekend, the CEO/MD of Matchmakers Consult International, organizers of the awards, Shina Philips said the award ceremony is scheduled to hold in March 2020, adding, “We have come a long way since the first edition in Calabar in 2013. Despite the challenges with sponsorship, we have continued to advance the course of football in Nigeria through the Nigeria Pitch Awards.

“We have lined up a plethora of interesting events to make the seventh edition of the awards a huge success.”

 
Philips disclosed that voting by sports editors spread across the 36 states of the federation would begin in the second week of this month, adding, “The process usually begins with voting by over 100 sports editors in the 36 states of the country. Voting will begin in the second week of December and this will be on till the second week of January 2020.”
 
On what football fans should look out for in the seventh edition, Philips said, “We will continue to sustain the high standards set from the first edition. The voting process will remain credible and transparent and we will stage an award ceremony that all football administrators, footballers, winners, and voters will be proud of.”
 
The Nigeria Pitch Awards, endorsed by the Nigeria Football Federation in 2012, has a voting process, which involves voting by sports editors across the country with SIAO Partners, Nigeria’s foremost indigenous accounting firm, coordinating the process. 

The annual award ceremony usually takes place on the night of a Super Eagles match in the country.