Alhassan, Itodo, Odey, Okpotu in race for LBA best player

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Source: LMC Media
Source: LMC Media

The League Bloggers Awards (LBA) has revealed the players shortlisted for the player of the season in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

According to a statement from the LBA this week, Alhassan Ibrahim, Anthony Okpotu, Daniel Itodo and Stephen Odey are in running for the biggest individual prize for the season concluded last month in the NPFL.

Lobi Stars striker Okpotu finished the NPFL season as top scorer with 19 goals and five assists while Alhassan Ibrahim previously with Akwa United but now with FK Austria Vienna scored 12 times and weighed in with three assists.

Odey who has left MFM FC to FC Zurich was contention in top-score all of the more than 600 players in the NPFL last season but fell short by scoring 18 goals and adding three assists to his tally after missing out in the run-in to the campaign.

Plateau United left-back Itodo was very influential in his team’s title-winning campaign. Apart from defensive qualities, Itodo assisted six of his team’s goals and scored once.

The award is billed to hold at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers in Lagos on Tuesday, 31 October with influential players in the Nigerian league expected to be present.

The LBA has also added two new categories to the list to be honoured and both cover the women’s top division and the second tier the Bet9ja Nigeria National League (NNL).

Best players in the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) and the NNL will be recognized according to the LBA.

There will be 13 categories at the LBA end-of-the-year ceremony.

The full list of nominees below.

LBA NOMINEES FOR CATEGORIES

1. BEST NEW PLAYER
*Chinedu Udechukwu (Katsina United)
*Destiny Ashadi (Katsina United)
*Peter Eneji (Plateau United)
*Oche Salefu (Remo Stars)
*Wasiu Alalade (ABS FC)

2. BEST FOREIGNER
*Giscard Tchatto (MFM FC)
*Kodjovi Dadzie (Akwa United)
* Fatau Dauda (Enyimba)
*Idrissa Bamba (FC Ifeanyiubah)

3. BEST GOALKEEPER
*Aliko Mustapha (Niger Tornadoes)
*Olorunleke Ojo (Sunshine Stars/Akwa United)
*Dele Ajiboye (Plateau Utd)
*Suraj Ayeleso (Nasarawa Utd)

4. BEST DEFENDER
*Emmanuel Ariwachukwu (Akwa United)
*Daniel Itodo (Plateau United)
*Elisha Golbe (Plateau United)
*Okorom Stanley (MFM FC)

5. BEST MIDFIELDER
*Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)
*Afeez Aremu (Akwa United)
*Onuwa Chukwuka (MFM FC)
*Batholomew Ibenegbu (Enyimba)
*Samuel Matthias (Gombe United)

6. CLUB OF THE YEAR
*Plateau United
*MFM FC
*Enyimba
*Akwa United

7. COACH OF THE YEAR
*Kennedy Boboye (Plateau Utd)
*Abdu Maikaba (Akwa Utd)
*Duke Udi (Sunshine Stars)
*Fidelis Ilechukwu (MFM FC)

8. BEST NPFL NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER
*Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyiubah)
*Osas Okoro (Rangers)
*Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa Utd)
*Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars)
*Afeez Aremu (Akwa United)

9. GOAL OF THE SEASON
*Sikiri Olatunbosun (MFM v Rangers)
*Shedrack Asiegbu (Abia Warriors v Plateau United)
*Victor Chidume (Lobi Stars v Remo Stars)

10. BEST NWPL PLAYER
*Amarachi Okonkwo (Nasarawa Amazons)
*Patience Kalu (Rivers Angels)
*Rasheedat Ajibade (FC Robo)
*Charity Reuben (Ibom Angels)

11. BEST NNL PLAYER
*Ebere Obi (Heartland)
*Michael Ohanu (Kwara United)
*Mohammed Rabiu (Yobe Desert Stars)
*Kelly Lubo (Bayelsa United)

12 HIGHEST GOAL SCORER
*Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars) 19 Goals

13. PLAYER OF THE SEASON
* Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa Utd)
*Anthony Okpotu (Lobi Stars)
*Daniel Itodo (Plateau United)
*Stephen Odey (MFM FC)

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