Secretary General of the Federation of International Football Associations, Fatma Samoura, has been confirmed among other top football personalities to be honoured at the 2nd AITEO-NFF Football Awards billed for Monday evening at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The AITEO-NFF Football Awards, an annual event that rewards the best performers in the Nigerian Football industry over a period of 12 months, debuted to much applause in 2018, marking the first time that the nation’s football governing body was organizing an awards ceremony.
Chairman of the Awards Committee and NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, confirmed on Thursday that the Secretary General of world football governing body, FIFA, Samoura, has confirmed her arrival in Nigeria for the big event.
Sources close to the organisers informed that about 20 presidents of member association of FIFA and CAF have been invited.
Chieftains of sponsors AITEO, Nigeria’s leading energy solution company, led by Deputy Managing Director, Francis Peters, will grace the event.
Already, about six State Governors have been invited, alongside Nigeria’s Sports Minister Solomon Dalung. The occasion will also be graced by Board Members of the NFF, Members of the NFF Congress, Members of NFF Management, representatives of NFF sponsors and partners, chairmen of various football Clubs, members of the diplomatic corps, past NFF Presidents and General Secretaries, award nominees and their friends. A number of renown stakeholders and oaks of the entertainment industry will also be in attendance at the event which will be broadcast live by leading television stations, SuperSport and Africa Independent Television.
The award categories include Player of the Year (men), Player of the Year (women), Coach of the Year (men), Coach of the Year (women), Young Player of the Year (men), Young Player of the Year (women), Team of the Season, Fairplay Award, Goal of the Season, Fans of the Season, NFF Development Award, NFF Order of Merit Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Platinum Award.
There will also be special recognition of a ‘Legends Eleven,’ a squad of outstanding former Nigeria international players. Last year’s gong went to the 1973 set of Green Eagles that won Nigeria’s first major honour – the gold medal of the football event of the 2nd All-Africa Games that held in Lagos.
Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Barrister Akinwunmi also confirmed that this year’s honour will go to the Super Eagles’ Class of 1994 – the team that qualified Nigeria for her first ever FIFA World Cup finals, won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time on away ground and spectacularly reached the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup finals in USA.
2018 AWARD WINNERS
Young Player of the Year (Women): Rasheedat Ajibade
Young Player of the Year (Men): Ikouwem Udoh
Fair Play Award: Remo Stars FC
Fans of the Season: El-Kanemi Warriors FC Fans
Coach of the Year (Women): Ann Chiejine
Coach of the Year (Men): Kennedy Boboye
Goal of the Year: Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC)
Team of the Season: Plateau United FC
NFF Development Award: Channels Television
Ann Chiejine, Austin Eguavoen, Felix Owolabi, Nwankwo Kanu, Christian Chukwu, Uche Okechukwu, Segun Odegbami, Mercy Akide-Udoh, Thompson Usiyen, Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Adokiye Amiesimaka
Nigeria’s 1973 All-Africa Games Gold Medallists
Platinum Award: Gianni Infantino