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FIFA Congratulates Moses On Aiteo/NFF Player of the Year Award Feat

FIFA Congratulates Moses On Aiteo/NFF Player of the Year Award Feat

By James Agberebi: Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has congratulated Nigeria and Chelsea star Victor Moses for winning the Player of the Year for Men at the inaugural 2018 Aiteo/NFF Awards held on Monday.

The awards took place at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Moses was picked ahead Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, and Home-based Eagles striker, Anthony Okpotu.

“Congratulations, Victor Moses! How far do you think Victor and Nigeria Super Eagles will go at the WorldCup this summer?” FIFA tweeted on their official World Cup Twitter handle on Tuesday.

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Other recipient at the awards included Asisat Oshoala who was crowned Player of the Year for Women, Kennedy Boboye and Ann Chiejine won Coach of the Year for Men and Women respectively.

Super Falcons up and coming star, Rasheedat Ajiboye, was presented with Young Player of the Year with Home-based Eagles defender, Ikouwem Udoh was picked in the men’s category.

Other awards saw MFM’s Sikiru Olatunbosun awarded Goal of the Season, El Kanemi Warriors won Fans of the Season, Remo Stars were awarded with the Fair Play award and FIFA President, Gianni Infantino went home with the Platinum award.

Also, there was awards for Nigeria’s eleven greatest players which had Ann Chiejine, Austin Eguavoen, Christian Chukwu, Okechukwu Uche, Felix Owolabi, Segun Odegbami, Adokiye Amiesimaka, Thompson Usiyen, Mercy Akide, Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu.

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  • kingmaker 4 years ago

    Russia 2018 World Cup, the Nigerian Soccer Project & Goalkeeping Brouhaha.

    It is exactly 113 days to the inaugural match in Russia 2018 soccer fiesta. Also, only 30 days to Super Eagles’ top grade cracker with Lewandoski’s Poland.
    The global football family is in frenzy right now awaiting the WC event billed to be a classic & its first ever in the old eastern bloc.
    The Fifa world event has recorded only Eight (8) World Cup Winners from its inception in 1930.
    Would there be a new WINNER in Russia? Can the African continent produce its first Winner? In football, they say, anything is possible..
    Preparations are in top gear & final stages for all 32 participants jostling to present their best teams, only one Nation will be crowned King on Sunday, July 15, 2018.
    Super Eagles are Nigeria’s representatives & ambassadors to the Mundial. Expectations are very high! How far can the Super Eagles go?
    The football world expects another inconsistent & dismal outing from Nigeria.
    Foreign media, top foreign analysts & Coaches have been saying so.
    They don’t expect much. It has been like that in our five (5) previous participations, so they are right to hold such awful views.
    However, things can change, Nigeria fans know so well that the current team is loaded & a good contender for title at the finals.
    This team has the potential to grind out positive results!
    The NFF & Sports Ministry have worked very hard & are still doing so.
    The Coaching crew must live up to expectations of their fans by ensuring a top class performance, & also a finish in quality & style.
    One area that seems so problematic is in GOALKEEPING.
    This is the crux; this will either make or mar Nigeria’s chances of achieving its goals.
    Carl Ikweme was good until poor health condition claimed him.
    This forced Manager Gernot Rohr to reconsider clubless Vincent Enyeama, insisting on including him in his final team selection. Nigerians are getting jittery, recalling history of similar past occurrences & blunders that left a sour taste in our mouths.
    You can’t blame the Gaffer, though.
    The array of Nigerian shot stoppers used so far in matches have failed to match expected standards & far below what the mundial requires for serious contenders. We are not going for a jamboree.
    From woeful Apkeyi, Ezenwa, Alampasu, Ajiboye, et al, none have lived up to the billing.
    They have posted abysmally between the sticks for Nigeria. (Apologies).
    So, there is a problem.
    Young Uzohor was good against Argentina. He is very talented, but lacks experience & quality game time at his Spanish division 2 club.
    Who wants to take a chance? No, not at the World Cup where you are supposed to be a Cup contender.
    Our search threw us back to AUSTIN EJIDE, 34years old, Hapoel Hadera FC, Israel.
    Ejide’s football exploit is no news to Nigerians, (You can Google that).
    The keeper was deputy to Vincent Enyeama from 2002 -2014.
    What is primary right now is for the Super Eagles to have a quality representation in goalpost, & Austin Ejide looks that guy every inch & bit – all the way.
    Ejide has all the features of a World Class GoalKeeper: he is tall, talented, strong & athletic. He has sharp reflexes & parades loads of international experience.
    He is agile, has excellent grip on the ball, deals well wit crosses, difficult to beat on one-one situation, organizes his defenses very well, very confident, inspiring and commanding. He can stop penalties too.
    This is the type of goalkeeper you want to have behind ur defenders.
    See his current videos on YouTube channel to be convinced.
    This AUSTIN is Our Man!
    He is the SOLUTION to Super Eagles Goalkeeping problems.
    Coach Rohr, look no further!
    If he has committed any wrong doings against the NFF he should be pardoned.
    Against this background, baring injury, Coach Gernot Rohr should make haste to recall Austin to his team ahead of Poland & Serb grade A friendly games for proper assessment, as a well deserved chance for the Super Eagles No.1 spot.
    I think with this consideration, the other young and upcoming keepers can join to compete & increase the options for available 3 spots.
    Some of the suggested names should include Uzohor, Maduka Okoye, Nwokolor, and Ezenwa.
    Good luck!