Napoli’s Osimhen and Barcelona’s Oshoala among nominees for Nigeria Pitch Awards

Napoli’s Osimhen and Barcelona’s Oshoala among nominees for Nigeria Pitch Awards

The Super Eagles and Super Falcons' strikers have been listed for the prestigious award thanks to their impressive outings in 2021

Napoli’s Osimhen and Barcelona’s Oshoala among nominees for Nigeria Pitch Awards

The Super Eagles and Super Falcons’ strikers have been listed for the prestigious award thanks to their impressive outings in 2021

Napoli’s Osimhen and Barcelona’s Oshoala among nominees for Nigeria Pitch Awards

In a press conference held at Ibis Hotel Lagos on Wednesday and was graced by crème de la crème of Nigerian football, the nominees for the eighth edition were announced with 17 categories to be decided

The award endorsed by the Nigeria Football Federation will see the Italy based striker battle Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Genk’s Paul Onuachu for the King of the Pitch Diadem.

Reigning African Women’s Player of the Year Asisat Oshoala will slug it out with Gift Monday and Uchenna Kalu for the Queen of the Pitch award.

Osimhen – who will be missing the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations due to injury and positive Covid-19 test – also got a mention in the Striker of the Year category alongside Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Onuachu – who contributed a great deal to the club’s triumph in the Belgian Cup for the 2020–21 campaign.

Thanks to her impressive outing for Barcelona – a team she helped win the Uefa Women’s Champions League last term – Oshoala faces a stiff challenge in River Angels’ Gift Monday and Linkopings FC’s Uchenna Kalu in the quest to be named as Nigeria’s Queen of the Pitch.

Rangers’ Joe Aribo locks horns with Ndidi and Brentford’s Frank Onyeka in the Midfielder of the Year zone.

GOAL’s Shina Oludare would be hoping to be named Nigeria’s Football Journalist of the Year (website) but he must navigate his way past Tobi Adepoju and Fisayo Dairo

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