President of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, Shina Philips and his team will roll out the drums in March, 2024 to celebrate the 10th edition of the most organized and recognized award in Nigeria.
Philips said during a press conference held at Lagos Holiday Inn, Toyin Street, Ikeja on Tuesday, that his team are planning to have a grand 10th anniversary of the awards ceremony.
Philips, disclosed that though, the awards lacks the desired sponsorship, but he reiterated that nothing will hamper the progress made so far the awards.
In commemorating the 10th anniversary, the Nigeria Pitch Awards organisers hinted that
a Symposium on the Future of Nigerian Football will herald the activities lined up for the occasion.
“One of the highlights of this year’s edition is a symposium that will discuss the future of Nigerian football and how to sustain its growth and development”, Philips said.
According to him, the symposium will feature prominent stakeholders, experts, and analysts who will share their insights and perspectives on various aspects of the game.
He said the symposium will also serve as a platform for dialogue and exchange of ideas among the participants.
During the awards night proper, Philips disclosed that the ceremony will recognise and reward the outstanding players, coaches, referees, clubs, and administrators who have excelled in Nigerian football in the past year.
He thanked and extolled the efforts of over 100 sports journalists across the country, who stood by him to cast their ballots to select winners in all the categories in the previous editions.
He said the voting process to determine the winners of the outgoing year will begin between December 4 and January 12, 2024, while the collating will be supervised and audited by SIAO, an independent vote collating partners if the awards.
Philips however praised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), for supporting and endorsing the Pitch Awards since it made its debut in July 2012.
Ademola Olajire, the Director of Communications of NFF, commended his colleagues in the sporting media for their role in the award project and praised the organisers for sustaining the awards for ten years running.