League Bloggers Announce 2014 Award Nominees

The League Bloggers Awards (LBA), on Friday, released the shortlists for its 2014 end-of-the-season award for the just-concluded Glo Premier League campaign.
The nominees are vying for awards in 16 categories including the highest goalscorer award, which will go to Enyimba striker, Mfon Udoh.
However, top among the categories is the Player of the Season. The quartet of Peter Ebimobowei of Bayelsa United, Mfon Udoh of Enyimba, Emem Eduok of Dolphins and Kingsley Bobby Sokari of Enyimba are the nominees in that category.
There is also the category for Manager of the Season. Four coaches; Paul Aigbogun of Warri Wolves, Ladan Bosso of Abia Warriors, Okey Emordi of Kano Pillars and last season’s winner, Mohammed Baba Ganaru, now with Nasarawa United, will vie for the Manager award.
Other categories include Fair Play Award, Best Use of Social Media (for clubs), Best Website, Best Designed Jersey, Best New Goalkeeper (NPFL), Best Draft from Development Team, Best Development Team, Best New Player, Best Goalkeeper, Best Foreigner, Best Promoted Team and Best National Team Player.
LBA Business Manager, China Acheru, explained that the organisation consulted independent persons, journalists, players and coaches as well as administrators in reaching the list of final nominees.
“It was a process where we had to talk to players and coaches personally and sample who and who they believe deserved to be on the shortlist. Of course, these are the major actors in the league and we got divert views. We also had to talk to some of journalists with vast knowledge and experience in covering the league and a handful of administrators before the nominees.
“After the process we also had to look at performances and disciplinary records of players, coaches and clubs during the season to arrive at our final shortlist,” Acheru said.
The 2014 LBA will take place at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Lagos on December 15.


1. Fair Play Award
•Enugu Rangers
•Nasarawa United

2. Best Use Of Social Media
•Lobi Stars

3. Best Club Website

4. Best Designed Jersey
•Dolphins – Nomis
•Lobi Stars
•Enyimba: Joma
•Gombe United

5. Best New Goalkeeper (NPFL)
•Emmanuel Iwu – Heartland
•Ifeanyi Agu – Nembe City
•Joseph Onuoha – Abia Warriors
•Chinedu Anozie – Abia Warriors

6. Best Draft From Development Team

•Terpase Tsafe – Lobi Stars
•Dickson Eche Idakwo – Lobi Stars

7. Best Development Team
•Lobi Junior Stars (Division One)

8. Best New Player (NPFL)
•Dickson Eche Idakwo – Lobi Stars
•Kufre Ebong – Akwa United
•Bature Yero – Nasarawa United
•Chisom Chikitara –  Abia Warriors

9. Best Goalkeeper
•Leke Ojo – Giwa FC
•Femi Thomas – Enyimba
•Theophilus Afelokhai – Kano Pillars
•Dele Ajiboye – Nasarawa United

10. Best Foreigner
•Zoumane Doumbia (Mali) – Heartland
•Ousmane Pape Sane (Senegal) – Enugu Rangers
•Saibou Badarou (Togo)  – Heartland
•Tamen Medrano (Cameroon) – Sunshine Stars

11. Best Promoted Team
•Giwa FC
•Abia Warriors
•FC Taraba

12. Club Of The Season
•Kano Pillars
•Warri Wolves
•Giwa FC

13. Manager Of The Season
•Paul Aigbogun – Warri Wolves
•Baba Ganaru –  Nasarawa United
•Ladan Bosso – Abia Warriors
•Okey Emordi – Kano Pillars

14. Best National Team Player
•Gbolahan Salami – Warri Wolves
•Azubuike Egwuekwe – Warri Wolves
•Emem Eduok – Dolphins
•Osaguona Ighodaro – Enugu Rangers

15. Highest Goal Scorer
•Mfon Udoh – Enyimba  (23 Goals)

16. Player Of The Season
•Peter Ebimobowei – Bayelsa United
•Mfon Udoh – Enyimba
•Emem Eduok – Dolphins
•Kingsley Bobby Sokari – Enyimba.

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