Kennedy Boboye of Abia Warriors and Frederick Obomate of Rivers United
have been named winners of the Manager and Player’s awards
respectively in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) by the
League Bloggers Awards (LBA).
Both men emerged as top performers for the month under review after
impressive team and individual outings in the top division in Nigeria.
Boboye was clearly the frontrunner in the race for the manager’s award
for February after masterminding an unbeaten run for his club, Abia
Warriors, from the dugout. That run without a loss included a 1-0 win
on the road at Heartland in the southeast derby as well as a 1-1 draw
to new boys, Ikorodu United, at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos.
He also led Abia Warriors to edge a plucky El-Kanemi Warriors 2-1 on
February 24 at home to complete their unbeaten streak last month.
Boboye edged a field of managers in Fidelis Ilechukwu of MFM FC,
Godwin Uwua of Lobi Stars and Mohammed Baba Ganaru of Kano Pillars.
Obomate had to fend off the trio of Michael Olaha of Abia Warriors,
Wasiu Jimoh of Shooting Stars, Anthony Okpotu of Lobi, who were
closely challenging for the player’s award.
The Rivers United midfielder scored three goals in three games and
chipped in an assist to put himself ahead of the pack in contention
for the February award. He also had telling contributions in the four
goals his club scored in the month under review.
Boboye and Obomate will be presented their awards as manager and
player respectively for February by the LBA on a later date.