Kano Pillars duo clinch March LBA

Theophilus Afelokhai and Mohammed Baba Ganaru (In pic), both of Kano Pillars, have been named the League Bloggers Awards (LBA) Player and Manager for March 2013 respectively.

Both men stood tall in their respective positions in the past month for the Kano club in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Kano Pillars' goalkeeper and captain, Afelokhai, edged teammate, Gambo Mohammed, whose influence in three out of the club's five games helped the champions claim top spot in the PFL standings at the end of March.

The ex-Buffalo custodian put in a massive shift in his team's games against Wikki Tourists, Bayelsa United, Akwa United and 3SC in March to also stave off Isah Akor (Heartland), Ichull Lordson (ABS) and Bishop Onyeudo (Gombe United), who were also in the running for the Player of March award.

Afelokhai becomes the first goalkeeper to win the LBA monthly award after he equally emerged as last season's Best Goalkeeper during the 2012 LBA in Lagos.

Ganaru, on the other hand, claimed the manager's gong for March on the back of his team's success in the first month of the 2012/13 NPFL season.

Enugu Rangers head coach, Okey Emordi proved the strongest of other contenders for the manager's award in March.

But Ganaru, who guided his men to a strong finish in March including two wins on the road at Wikki Tourists and ABS, emerge tops ahead of Emordi and Sunshine Stars head coach, Abimbola Samuel.

The LBA will present plaques to Afelokhai and Ganaru later in April.

MARCH 2013

Player: Theophilus Afelokhai (Kano Pillars)

Manager: Mohammed Baba Ganaru (Kano Pillars)
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