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Osimhen, Boniface, Oshoala makes list for 10th Nigeria Pitch Awards [See full list]

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Victor Osimhen, the reigning male African Footballer of the Year, has earned the highest nominations in four categories at the 10th Nigeria Pitch Awards.

This was revealed on Thursday by the organisers of the Nigeria Pitch Awards through its voter collation agent, SIAO Partners.

Osimhen, Nigeria’s Super Eagles forward, among other teammates and Super Falcons stars, were nominated in different categories.

The unveiling of the nominations was held at the Ibis Hotels Ikeja, Lagos.

The Napoli FC forward got the most nominations, including the ‘Striker of the Year’, ‘King of the Year’, ‘Sam Okwaraji’, and ‘Sportsmanship of the Year’ awards.

Also, Victor Boniface of Bayern Leverkusen of Germany got two nominations, while serial African Women Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala also got a nomination.

Speaking at the 10th anniversary rendezvous, the President of Nigeria Pitch Awards, Shina Phillips, said that the event would be a landmark.

“First, I thank God that we have gone this far, and this is the 10th edition. We have reeled out the programmes for this unique celebration.

“We are also glad with the richness of the nominees, which was released by our partners in charge of the collation. We believe that the 10th edition will be a special one.

“All the plans for the 10th anniversary cannot be reeled out at once, so as the time comes, we will be unfolding the events; for now, we want to start with a football summit.

“At the summit, we want to discuss the way forward for Nigeria’s football because we believe that a lot can be injected. We have done our best this far, but we can do a whole lot more,” he said.

Phillips restated that the unblemished record of the Nigeria Pitch Awards has made it stand out as one of the most credible awards in Nigeria and on the continent of Africa.

“If anything is special about celebrating the 10th anniversary, it is because the process that we have put in place is free and fair.

“Those that have gotten the awards are deserving and were given them on merit. We have done our best to see that the winners are adjudged to be the best and that the platform remains incontrovertible.

“We believe that the 10th edition will attract more Nigerians. It is important that we celebrate our heroes, and it is also important that we have a platform that can reward them for their sacrifice.

“I am sure that the award will spur a lot of players, and beyond the players, but across the country,” he said.

Goalkeeper of the Year:
Kingdom Osayi (Doma United FC)

Amas Obasoge (Bendel Insurance FC)
Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba International FC)

Defender of the Year:
Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC England)
Ola Aina (Nottingham Forest, England)
Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahçe, Turkey)

Midfielder of the Year:
Yusuf Al-Hassan (Royal Antwerp, Belgium)
Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England)
Alex Iwobi (Fulham FC, England)

Striker of the Year:
Robert Mizo (Bayelsa United FC)
Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy)
Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)

Sam Okwaraji Award:
Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy)
Ahmed Musa (Sivasspor, Turkey)
Kunle Soname (Bet9ja)

Queen of the Pitch:

Rasheedat Ajibade (Atlético Madrid, Spain)
Chiamaka Nnadozie (French Division 1 Féminine)
Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona FC, Féminine, Spain)

King of the Pitch:
Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy)
Emeka Obiora (Shooting Stars SC)
Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)

Team of the Year:
Super Falcons
Enyimba International FC
Remo Stars FC

Coach of the Year:

Daniel Ogunmodede (Remo Stars FC)
Finidi George (Enyimba International FC)
Randy Waldrum (Super Falcon)

State with the Best Grassroots Football Development Programme:
Edo State
Delta State
Lagos State

Football Friendly Governor of the Year:
Pastor Umo Eno (Akwa Ibom)
Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos)
Godwin Obaseki (Edo)

Football Pitch of the Year:
Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan
Remo Stars Stadium

Media category:
Football Journalist of the Year (Print)
Christopher Okparah (The Guardian)
Charles Diya (New Telegraph)
Johnny Edward (Punch)

Football Journalist of the Year (TV)
Myen Akiri (TVc)
Moses Praiz (Super Sports)
Cecilia Omoregie (Channels TV)

Football Journalist of the Year (Radio)
Olawale Adigun (Mainland FM)
Olayinka Oyedele (Brilla Sport)
Anthony Berekederemo (Brilla FM)

Football Journalist of the Year (Online)
Samuel Amidu (Savid News)
Tobi Adepoju (Oganla Media)
Kunle Solaja (Sportsvillagesquare)

Corporate category:
Corporate Sponsor of Football Award
Bet9ja
MTN
GTI Financial

Sportsmanship Award:
Kunle Soname

Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy)

Gbenga Elegbeleye (NPFL).

 

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Highlights from UFC 300: Alex Pereira, Max Holloway seal KO wins

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Highlights from UFC 300: Alex Pereira, Max Holloway seal KO wins

UFC 300 featured one of the greatest knockouts on Saturday, as Max Holloway faceplanted Justin Gaethje in the final second of their ‘BMF’ title fight.

Holloway outclassed Gaethje for five rounds before capping off a stunning performance with a mesmerising KO, which left Gaethje out cold, face-first on the canvas.

With that, Hawaiian Holloway took the ‘Baddest Motherf***er’ belt from the American, while the other title fights at UFC 300 saw the champions retain.

In the main event, Alex Pereira knocked out Jamahal Hill in round one to remain champion at 205lbs.

Hill stands southpaw; Pereira is orthodox. The champion kicks low twice, and Hill responds with one of his own.

Hill tries a cross, but Pereira is out of range. Good lead right hook by Hill. A slower spell ensues, and the crowd gets a bit restless.

Pereira evades a head kick then jabs to the body of Hill. The Brazilian is pressing forward. Hill lands a kick right on Pereira’s cup, and referee Herb Dean steps in to halt the action, but Pereira waves him away.

Seconds later, Pereira sends Hill RIGID with a signature left hook!!! Hill falls back onto the canvas, his eyes rolling back in his head, and Pereira brutalises the challenger with hammer fists, forcing the stoppage!

Holloway outclassed Gaethje for five rounds before capping off a stunning performance with a mesmerising KO, which left Gaethje out cold, face-first on the canvas.

With that, Hawaiian Holloway took the ‘Baddest Motherf***er’ belt from the American, while the other title fights at UFC 300 saw the champions retain.

Zhang Weili retains strawweight belt in back-and-forth bout with Yan Xiaonan; Arman Tsarukyan edges past Charles Oliveira in close clash; Jiri Prochazka fights back to TKO Aleksandar Rakic; debuting Kayla Harrison dominates Holly Holm for submission win and Renato Moicano stops Jalin Turner with ground and pound to maintain momentum.

 

 

 

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

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Men charged with murder of Kaizer Chiefs’ Luke Fleurs remanded

Six suspects arrested over the murder of Kaizer Chiefs player Luke Fleurs have been remanded by the Roodepoort magistrate’s court on Friday.

Ndumiso Moswane, 26; Fernando Siva, 25; Nhlakanipho Dlamini, 21; Franky Xaba, 25; Maredi Mphahlele, 36; and Thembinkosi Hlomikhawu, 31, have been charged with murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating the ends of justice.

The suspects are expected to apply for bail during their court appearance next Friday.

All six suspects have opted to apply for the services of Legal Aid lawyers.

State prosecutor Arnold Limekhaya said the state intends to oppose the bail applications.

“We will oppose bail,” he told the court, indicating the state was yet to get the profiles of the men and their bail statements.

The 24-year-old Kaizer Chiefs defender and South Africa under-23 international was hijacked and fatally shot in the chest at a petrol station in Honeydew last Wednesday.

It is understood that the assailants drove off in Fleurs’ vehicle.

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Lagos FA to debut Nigerian Ex-International cup

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Lagos FA To Debut Nigerian Ex-International Cup

The Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) has concluded arrangements to organize a tournament involving Nigerian ex-internationals and their clubs’ teammates back in the day.
The Lagos State Football Association Chairman, Hajj Gafar Olawale Liameed, disclosed that the ex-internationals coming together to play football will inspire lots of youths.

“We believe in our ex-players. LSFA is determined to carry along ex-internationals and drive the game forward at every level,” Hajj Gafar stated.

“The tournament will see former Nigeria internationals based in Lagos adopt teams. For instance, if an ex-international is based in the area of Dino SC he can adopt them.

“The competition tagged ‘The Nigerian Ex Internationals Cup’ would see teams play on a home and away basis in the first phase before we proceed to the knockout stage.

“We want to have a clear identity and organize lots of programs. This is one of our innovations and we hope to take blessings from the Lagos State Government and Nigeria Football Federation,” the football technocrat enthused.

Hajj Gafar also reiterated LSFA’s commitments to the proper development of football in the centre of excellence.

“We’re determined to lead that development at every level and have created a robust plan for doing so using all our resources and knowledge.”

Meanwhile, former Nigeria internationals like Joseph Yobo, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Wasiu Ipaye have already thrown their weight behind the innovation by the LSFA.

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