Matchmakers Consult, the organisers of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, have announced the commencement of the 9th edition of the Awards.

*L-R: Veteran Sports Journalist, Ben Memuletiwon. Demola Olajire NFF Director of Communications, Dr Shina Philips, President, Nigeria Pitch Awards, Tony Ubani, Sports Editor, Vanguard and President, Guild of Nigerian Sports Editors and Wilson Ighodalo, National Coordinator, NDLEA Celebrity Drug Free Club, at the briefing in Lagos

President of the Nigeria Pitch Awards and CEO, Matchmakers Consult, Dr. Shina Philips unveiled the plans at a media briefing in Lagos on Tuesday.

Dr. Philips informed that the 9th edition of the Awards will commence on Thursday, December 1st, 2022 with the voting process.

Giving assurances that the organisers will remain committed to the core principles of credibility, transparency and integrity, Dr. Philips announced that Voting will end on the 16th of January 2023, while announcement of nominees will be made on the 21st of February 2023.

Earlier on, Dr. Philips had congratulated Ibrahim Musa Gusau on his election as the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, saying the new NFF boss’ pedigree qualifies him as one who will restore the glory of Nigeria in Football. “Over the years, Gusau has been a passionate supporter of football in Nigeria and his contributions to the growth of our football especially at the grassroots level have never been in doubt. He is a consummate administrator and team-player. We therefore unreservedly express our confidence in his ability to deliver on his mandate and move our football forward”.

Dr. Philips also urged Nigerians to remain steadfast and support the Super Eagles to return to winning ways. Hear him, “As the attention of the football world is focused on the FIFA World Cup currently going on in Qatar, we understand the disappointment of many Nigerians that our dearly loved national team, the Super Eagles, are not among top teams competing for honours. As stakeholders in the Nigerian football project, we restate our belief that the Super Eagles and other national teams will bounce back and retain their place of dominance in continental and global football competitions”.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation, has assured that it will remain partners with the Nigeria Pitch Awards in the interest of the development of the game in the country.

Director of Communications of the NFF, Demola Olajire who represented the NFF President at the event,  said “The relationship between the organiers and the NFF will continue to soar higher and higher because we believe in the awards and we have always been looking forward to it year in, year out”.

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