The organizers of Nigeria’s long-standing football awards ceremony, Nigeria Pitch Awards, are gearing up for a significant milestone as they approach the 10th edition of these prestigious honours. The inception of these awards took place in 2013 in Calabar, the capital of Cross Rivers State. Since then, they have been a source of recognition and celebration for numerous Nigerian football players across 16 diverse categories over the past ten years.
Mr. Shina Philips, the President of Nigeria Pitch Awards, announced on Monday in Abuja that these accolades have consistently served as a platform to acknowledge and pay tribute to the talent, dedication, and patriotism exhibited by football players and various sports officials.
“The Nigeria Pitch Awards have provided invaluable opportunities for football players, administrators, coaches, referees, journalists, and other essential stakeholders to be acknowledged and honoured for their talent, hard work, and dedication to the beautiful game,” Mr Philips expressed.
“Since its inaugural edition in 2013, we have bestowed more than 170 awards to deserving players and officials at ceremonies held in Calabar, Kaduna, Uyo, Port Harcourt, Asaba, Lagos, and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.”
Mr. Philips also commended the integrity and transparency that have been hallmarks of the Pitch Awards, attributes that have contributed to their esteemed reputation over the past decade. “We have established a voting system that upholds our core principles of integrity, transparency, and honesty.
Despite the sponsorship challenges we have faced, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to the ideals and principles underpinning these awards.”
The Nigeria Pitch Awards is an annual event that acknowledges the nation’s most outstanding goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward, manager, and Nigeria’s overall best male and female footballers. Additionally, it encompasses categories such as the State with the Most Outstanding Grassroots Football Development Program, Football-Friendly Governor, Sam Okwaraji Award for Dedication to Nigeria Football, Corporate Sponsor of Football Award, and Football Journalist of the Year Awards, recognizing excellence in Print, TV, Radio, and Online journalism.
The 10th edition of these awards will commence with a media gathering on Monday, 13th November, followed by another event on Wednesday, 6th December in Lagos and Abuja, respectively. Voting is scheduled to begin on 4th December 2023 and will conclude on 12 January 2024, with the 10th Award Ceremony set to take place in March 2024.
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