Okpotu is Nigerian League Bloggers’ Player of the season

Anthony Okpotu credit @Emiearth
Lobi Stars striker, Anthony Okpotu was on Tuesday night named the League Bloggers’ Awards, LBA player of the season for 2017.

In the highlight of the day, Okpotu beat off stiff competition from Plateau United’s Daniel Itodo, Alhassan Ibrahim who was with Akwa United and Stephen Odey, formerly of MFM to take the coveted award.

Okpotu had earlier won the award for top scorer in the League following his 19 goal haul.

Peter Eneji of Plateau United beat Chinedu Udechukwu (Katsina United), Destiny Ashadi (Katsina United), Oche Salefu (Remo Stars) and Wasiu Alalade ABS FC) to win the Best New Player Award.

For the Best Foreigner in the League gong, Giscard Tchatto (MFM FC) was tops over Kodjovi Dadzie (Akwa United), Fatau Dauda (Enyimba) and Idrissa Bamba (FC Ifeanyiubah).

Suraj Ayeleso of Nasarawa United won the award for Best Goalkeeper ahead of Niger Tornadoes’ Aliko Mustapha, Dele Ajiboye of Plateau United and Ojo Olorunleke (Sunshine Stars/ Akwa United.

Daniel Itodo of Plateau United was picked as Best Defender in the League while Enyimba’s Bartholomew Ibenegbu was announced as the League’s best midfielder.

League champions, Plateau United were announced as Club of the year as their coach, Kennedy Boboye picked the award of Coach of the year.

The best NPFL National Team Player award went to FC Ifeanyi Ubah goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

MFM FC midfielder, Sikiru Olatunbosun’s wonder strike against Rangers in Lagos was picked as the Goal of the Season.

For the first time in the LBA, awards were given to players in the 2nd tier, Nigeria National League, NNL and Women League.

Rasheedat Ajibade of FC Robo was picked as best NWFL player, defeating the likes of Amarachi Okonkwo (Nasarawa Amazons), Patience Kalu (Rivers Angels) and Charity Reuben (Ibom Angels).

Michael Ohanu, who played for newly promoted Kwara United in the season in question was named best player in the NNL, beating Ebere Obi (Heartland), Mohammed Rabiu (Yobe Desert Stars) and Kelly Lubo (Bayelsa United) to the award.

Bet9ja, Eunisell and Star lager beer were recognised for their active involvement in partnering league football in the country.

Online sports bookmaker Bet9ja is the main sponsor of the second tier the Nigeria National League (NNL) and are currently the front-of-shirt partner with Remo Stars which competed in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) last season.

Eunisell, a global chemical and specialty fluid management company, has been front-of-shirt sponsor with Sharks and Rivers United for the past three seasons.

Star, a lager beer brewed by Nigerian Breweries Plc, is currently the partner of the NPFL as its official beer.

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