Shehu Dikko and Aisha Falode
Matchmakers Consult International, organizers of the prestigious Nigeria Pitch Awards have announced plans for the 6th edition of the awards in 2019. 

Speaking in Lagos, Shina Philips, the Initiator of the awards stated that after exhaustive discussions with key partners and in consideration for the development of the game, the organizers have decided to stage the next Award Ceremony in Lagos on March 23 2019.

‘As organizers, we have consulted with our partners and are pleased to announce that the 6 edition of the Nigeria Pitch Awards will hold in the Centre of Excellence on March 23 2019.  We have taken the award ceremony to Calabar (2013), Kaduna (2014, 2015), Uyo (2016) and Port Harcourt (2017).

Philips further said since 2013, the voters’ base had been steadily increased to accommodate more professional and experienced journalists across the nation. ‘In the 6th edition,’ Philips stated, ‘we will continue to enlarge the voters’ base to give many more football stakeholders the opportunity to participate in making key decisions on who the heroes of our football for the 2018 will be. 

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In addition to the categories, we are introducing two more competitive categories: Football Journalist of the Year (Online) and another category for women football’

‘Already, we have begun to make contact with top sports journalists and coaches and captains of the clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Voting for the next edition will begin in November 2018 and will be on through early December’, Philips continued.

‘The next award ceremony in Lagos will attract top football stars, officials and music artiste. We have already begun preparations to make the award night one to remember for a long time.

‘We are especially grateful to Amaju Pinnick and his team in the Nigeria Football Federation and all sports journalists across the 36 states of Nigeria who have demonstrated relentless commitment and unflinching support for the Nigeria Pitch Awards’ Philips concluded.

The Nigeria Pitch Awards have rewarded excellence and talent in Nigerian footballers and stakeholders since 2013 when its maiden edition was held in Calabar.

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