Premier League – West Ham United fixtures for 2017/2018 seson

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West Ham kicks off their Premier League campaign with a tough trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on August 12.

Slaven Bilic’s side then face newly-promoted sides — Newcastle United and Huddersfield — in two of their next three matches.

It is December and April that could prove pivotal months for the Hammers, however. Bilic’s side take on Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in the space of 10 days before Christmas and then play them all again in the season’s penultimate month.

West Ham Premier League Fixtures

August 12            Manchester United        (A)

August 19            Southampton                    (H)

August 26            Newcastle                           (A)

September 9      Huddersfield                      (H)

September 16   West Brom                         (A)

September 23   Tottenham                         (H)

September 30   Swansea                              (H)

October 14          Burnley                                (A)

October 21          Brighton                               (H)

October 28          Crystal Palace                    (A)

November 4       Liverpool                             (H)

November 18    Watford                               (A)

November 25    Leicester                              (H)

November 29    Everton                                (A)

December 2       Manchester City               (A)

December 9       Chelsea                                (H)

December 12     Arsenal                                 (H)

December 16     Stoke                                    (A)

December 23     Newcastle                           (H)

December 26     Bournemouth                   (A)

December 30     Tottenham                         (A)

January 1             West Brom                         (H)

January 13           Huddersfield                      (A)

January 20           Bournemouth                   (H)

January 30           Crystal Palace                    (H)

February 3          Brighton                               (A)

February 10        Watford                               (A)

February 24        Liverpool                             (A)

March 3                Swansea                              (A)

March 10             Burnley                                (H)

March 17             Manchester United        (H)

March 31             Southampton                    (A)

April 7                   Chelsea                                (A)

April 14                 Stoke                                    (H)

April 21                 Arsenal                                 (A)

April 28                 Manchester City               (H)

May 5                    Leicester                              (A)

May 13                 Everton                                (H)

 

 

All fixtures are subject to change once live TV schedule has been finalised

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Defending Champion Chelsea will confront Arsenal in the season opener at the Wembley in the FA Community Shield; this will be a kind of rematch after the champions were outclassed by the Gunners in the final of the FA Cup at the end of the 2016/2017 season. Chelsea lost 2 – 1 at the Wembley to an highly inspired Arsenal side. The real defense of the title Antonio Conte won on first asking will commence with a home game against Burnley.

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August 2017
Community Shield           Arsenal                      v   Chelsea                     Sun 6 Aug            16:00
Premier League               Chelsea                      v   Burnley                    Sat 12 Aug           15:00
Premier League               Tottenham               v   Chelsea                     Sat 19 Aug           15:00
Premier League               Chelsea                      v   Everton                    Sat 26 Aug           15:00
September 2017
Premier League              Leicester City          v  Chelsea                     Sat 9 Sep              15:00
Premier League              Chelsea                       v  Arsenal                     Sat 16 Sep           15:00
Premier League             Stoke City                   v  Chelsea                     Sat 23 Sep           15:00
remier League             Chelsea                        v  Man City                   Sat 30 Sep           15:00
October 2017
Premier League             Crystal Palace         v  Chelsea                     Sat 14 Oct            15:00
Premier League             Chelsea                        v  Watford                    Sat 21 Oct            15:00
Premier League             Bournemouth           v  Chelsea                              Sat 28 Oct            15:00
November 2017
Premier League              Chelsea                       v  ManUnited                     Sat 4 Nov             15:00
Premier League              West Brom                v  Chelsea                                   Sat 18 Nov           15:00
Premier League              Liverpool                   v  Chelsea                                                Sat 25 Nov           15:00
Premier League              Chelsea                       v  Swansea City                     Wed 29 Nov       19:45
December 2017
Premier League              Chelsea                       v  Newcastle United            Sat 2 Dec              15:00
Premier League              West Ham United            v              Chelsea                                                Sat 9 Dec              15:00
Premier League              Huddersfield Town         v              Chelsea                                                Tue 12 Dec          19:45
Premier League              Chelsea                                v              Southampton                    Sat 16 Dec           15:00
Premier League              Everton                                v              Chelsea                                                Sat 23 Dec           15:00
Premier League              Chelsea                                v              Brighton & Hove Albion                Tue 26 Dec          15:00
Premier League              Chelsea                                v              Stoke City                            Sat 30 Dec           15:00
January 2018
Premier League              Arsenal                                 v              Chelsea                                                Mon 1 Jan           15:00
Premier League              Chelsea                                v              Leicester City                     Sat 13 Jan            15:00
Premier League              Brighton & Hove Albion v             Chelsea                                                Sat 20 Jan            15:00
Premier League              Chelsea                                v              Bournemouth                   Wed 31 Jan         19:45
February 2018
Premier League              Watford                               v              Chelsea                                                Sat 3 Feb              15:00
Premier League              Chelsea                                v              West Bromwich Albion  Sat 10 Feb           15:00
Premier League              Manchester United        v              Chelsea                                                Sat 24 Feb           15:00
March 2018
Premier League                                Manchester City               v              Chelsea                                                Sat 3 Mar             15:00
Premier League                                Chelsea                                v              Crystal Palace                    Sat 10 Mar           15:00
Premier League                                Burnley                                v              Chelsea                                                Sat 17 Mar           15:00
Premier League                                Chelsea                                v              Tottenham Hotspur        Sat 31 Mar           15:00
April 2018
Premier League                                Chelsea                                v              West Ham United            Sat 7 Apr              15:00
Premier League                                Southampton                    v              Chelsea                                                Sat 14 Apr            15:00
Premier League                                Chelsea                                v              Huddersfield Town         Sat 21 Apr            15:00
Premier League                                Swansea City                     v              Chelsea                                                Sat 28 Apr            15:00
May 2018
Premier League                                Chelsea                                v              Liverpool                             Sat 5 May            15:00
Premier League                                Newcastle United            v              Chelsea                                                Sun 13 May         15:00
N.B Matches are listed are subject to changes according to the FA’s discretion and broadcaster’s right.

English Premier League: Arsenal fixtures for the season 2017/2018

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Arsenal will kick off the 2017/2018 season with the FA Community Shield clash with Chelsea in what could be seen as a replay of the FA Cup final at Wembley. Before they kick start the Premier League Season with the deposed Premier League champion Leicester City at the Emirates

 

Arsenal v Chelsea - The Emirates FA Cup Final

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 27: The Arsenal team celebrate with The FA Cup after The Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Complete Arsenal Premier League Fixtures

August 2017

Community Shield           Arsenal                                 v              Chelsea                                                Sun 6 Aug            16:00

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Leicester City                     Sat 12 Aug           15:00

Premier League                                Stoke City                            v              Arsenal                                 Sat 19 Aug           15:00

Premier League                                Liverpool                             v              Arsenal                                 Sat 26 Aug           15:00

September 2017

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Bournemouth                   Sat 9 Sep              15:00

Premier League                                Chelsea                                v              Arsenal                                 Sat 16 Sep           15:00

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              West Bromwich Albion  Sat 23 Sep           15:00

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Brighton & Hove Albion Sat 30 Sep           15:00

October 2017

Premier League                                Watford                               v              Arsenal                                 Sat 14 Oct            15:00

Premier League                                Everton                                v              Arsenal                                 Sat 21 Oct            15:00

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Swansea City                     Sat 28 Oct            15:00

November 2017

Premier League                                Man City                              v              Arsenal                                 Sat 4 Nov             15:00

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Tottenham Hotspur        Sat 18 Nov           15:00

Premier League                                Burnley                                v              Arsenal                                 Sat 25 Nov           15:00

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Huddersfield Town         Tue 28 Nov         19:45

December 2017

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Manchester United        Sat 2 Dec              15:00

Premier League                                Southampton                    v              Arsenal                                 Sat 9 Dec              15:00

Premier League                                West Ham United            v              Arsenal                                 Tue 12 Dec          19:45

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Newcastle United            Sat 16 Dec           15:00

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Liverpool                             Sat 23 Dec           15:00

Premier League                                Crystal Palace                    v              Arsenal                                 Tue 26 Dec          15:00

Premier League                                West Bromwich Albion  v              Arsenal                                 Sat 30 Dec           15:00

January 2018

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Chelsea                                                Mon 1 Jan           15:00

Premier League                                Bournemouth                   v              Arsenal                                 Sat 13 Jan            15:00

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Crystal Palace                    Sat 20 Jan            15:00

Premier League                                Swansea City                     v              Arsenal                                 Tue 30 Jan           19:45

February 2018

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Everton                                                Sat 3 Feb              15:00

Premier League                                Tottenham Hotspur        v              Arsenal                                 Sat 10 Feb           15:00

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Manchester City               Sat 24 Feb           15:00

March 2018

Premier League                                Brighton & Hove Albion v             Arsenal                                 Sat 3 Mar             15:00

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Watford                               Sat 10 Mar           15:00

Premier League                                Leicester City                     v              Arsenal                                 Sat 17 Mar           15:00

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Stoke City                            Sat 31 Mar           15:00

April 2018

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Southampton                    Sat 7 Apr              15:00

Premier League                                Newcastle United            v              Arsenal                                 Sat 14 Apr            15:00

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              West Ham United            Sat 21 Apr            15:00

Premier League                                Manchester United        v              Arsenal                                 Sat 28 Apr            15:00

May 2018

Premier League                                Arsenal                                 v              Burnley                                                Sat 5 May            15:00

Premier League                                Huddersfield Town         v              Arsenal                                 Sun 13 May         15:00

 

N.B Matches are listed are subject to changes according to the FA’s discretion and broadcaster’s right.

AFCON QUALIFIER: Super Eagles all out to redeem image

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  • Set for revenge mission against Bafana Bafana

By Jawolusi ‘Segun @olujawolusi

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AFCON 2019 Qualifiers

Nigeria Vs South Africa

Saturday 10th June 2017

Venue-Nest of Champions Stadium, Uyo

Kick off-5pm

Live-on Super Sports 9

With the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations scheduled to take place in Cameroon kicking off this weekend, Nigeria faces a rejuvenated Bafana Bafana of South Africa after missing out on the last two editions.

The Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 editions which took place in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon respectively.

The Nigerians will be looking forward to start on a strong footing to restore confidence in their teeming supporters who they had let down on the last two occasions.

The South Africans on their part will be looking for a first win in a competitive match over their perennial nemesis, Nigeria. Since 1992, the two countries had met nine times with the Super Eagles coming out victorious on six occasions while the remaining three ended in draws.

With the Super Eagles looking forward to qualify for the nations Cup finals for the first time since winning it in 2013 in South Africa, the match promised to be an explosive one as the Nigerian players are determined to right the wrongs of the past two qualifiers.

Nigeria will be missing captain Mikel Obi who is recuperating presently, but stand in captainOgeyi Onazi knew the enormous task ahead of the team as he declared:

“This time, we must restore our pride and make sure we get the three points off them on Saturday.

“Nigerians do not forgive losers easily and it is our responsibility to make the country proud whenever we are in action.”

This combined with the fact that the Bafana Bafana contributed to the outsted of the then defending champions in 2015 edition qualifiers will see the Nigerians going on full throttle in Uyo.

That fact is not lost to the Trabzonspor midfielder who saw the match as an avenue to avenge the event of 2014.

“We do not want to forget that South Africa partly contributed to us not going to the 2015 Cup of Nations.”.

The South Africans were forced by the Super Eagles to a 2-2 draw on a Wednesday afternoon in November 2014 at the same venue where the two teams will be meeting later today thus finishing out of their group’s top two automatic qualification spots with eight points – a total that also put them out of the running to be the best third-placed team.

Enroute to losing out of the race for the 2017 competition, the fate of the Nigerian side was decided with a match at hand as they lost to the Pharaohs of Egypt by a lone goal. The result saw the Egyptians opening up an unassailable five point gap between them and the Nigerian side.

NIGERIA RECENT GAMES

Sun      09/10/16          World Cup Qualifier   Zambia            1 – 2    Nigeria

Sat       12/11/16          World Cup Qualifier   Nigeria             3 – 1    Algeria

Thu      23/03/17          Friendly                         Nigeria             1 – 1    Senegal

Thu      01/06/17          Friendly                         Nigeria             3 – 0    Togo

SOUTH AFRICA RECENT GAMES

Tue      11/10/16          Friendly                          South Africa   1 – 1    Ghana

Sat       12/11/16          World Cup Qualifier   South Africa   2 – 1    Senegal

Tue      15/11/16          Friendly                          Mozambique   1 – 1    South Africa

Sat       25/03/17          Friendly                          South Africa   3 – 1    Guinea-Bissau

Tue      28/03/17          Friendly                          South Africa   0 – 0    Angola

HEAD-TO-HEAD

10 Oct 1992:   Nigeria              4 – 0    South Africa   (World Cup Qualifier)

16 Jan 1993:   South Africa    0 – 0    Nigeria            (World Cup Qualifier)

10 Feb 2000:   Nigeria              2 – 0    South Africa   (AFCON semi final)

31 Jan 2004:   South Africa    0 – 4    Nigeria          (AFCON group stage)

17 Nov 2004:  South Africa    2 – 1    Nigeria          (Mandela Challenge)

1 June 2008:  Nigeria               2 – 0    South Africa   (World Cup Qualifier)

6 Sep 2008:    South Africa     0 – 1    Nigeria          (World Cup Qual.)

11 Aug 2013: South Africa     0 – 2    Nigeria          (Mandela Challenge)

19 Jan 2014:  South Africa     1 – 3    Nigeria          (CHAN group stage)

10 Sept 2014: South Africa    0 – 0    Nigeria          (AFCON Qualifier)

19 Nov 2014: Nigeria                2 – 2    South Africa   (AFCON Qualifier)

29 Mar 2015:   South Africa   1 – 1    Nigeria            (Friendly)

 

Africa Cup of Nations: Group stage for Cameroon 2019 begins

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Nigeria hosting South Africa in Group E is the standout fixture as 47 countries begin the group stage of qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Another big clash this weekend is the North African clash between Tunisia and Egypt in Group J.

The 12 group winners will qualify along with the best three runners-up will join hosts Cameroon in the finals.

Tunisia host seven-time African champions and 2017 runners-up Egypt in the final tie of the weekend on Sunday evening.

Al Ahly and Zamalek dominate the Egypt squad with 14 of the 25 players, but Argentine coach Hector Cuper can also rely on several Europe-based ‘Pharaohs’.

Mohamed Salah was a consistent scorer in Italy for Roma last season.

Ivory Coast will dedicate a Group H clash with Guinea in Bouake to the memory of 2015 Nations Cup winner Cheick Tiote, who died in China this week.

New Elephants’ coach Marc Wilmots had a nightmare debut last Sunday with a 5-0 friendly drubbing by the Netherlands – a record Ivorian loss in their 57-year history.

Although guaranteed a place at the 2019 finals as hosts, title-holders Cameroon play in Group B and host Morocco in Yaounde.

Points won by Cameroon’s opponents in the qualifying will count towards their final totals in the group.

Another nation with a new captain is Zimbabwe as Knowledge Musona leads a new-look Warriors side against visiting Liberia in Sunday’s Group B match.

The Belgium-based striker takes over from Willard Katsande, who was skipper at the Nations Cup finals in Gabon earlier this year.

Former captain Norman Mapeza is Zimbabwe’s interim coach and he has not selected many of the players who featured in Gabon.

“It’s not a bad team, I’ve played with most of the guys,” Musona insisted.

“It would be something else to lead the team to qualify.

“It’s a tough group but you never know in African football, and we need to make a good start and apply our tactics and play our game and work hard as a team.

Zimbabwe are in Group B with Liberia, DR Congo and Congo-Brazzaville, and are targeting a fourth appearance at the Nations Cup finals.

2019 Nations Cup qualifiers Full Fixture (all times GMT)

Friday:

Grp A: Sudan v Madagascar (1900)

Grp E: Libya v Seychelles (2000)

Saturday:          

Grp B: Malawi v Comoros (1230)

Grp C: Burundi v South Sudan (1300)

Grp K: Zambia v Mozambique (1300)

Grp I: Botswana v Mauritania (1330)

Grp B: Cameroon v Morocco (1400)

Grp J: Niger v Swaziland (1500)

Grp K: Guinea-Bissau v Namibia (1600)

Grp E: Nigeria v South Africa (1600)

Grp F: Sierra Leone v Kenya (1630)

Grp L: Tanzania v Lesotho (1700)

Grp L: Cape Verde v Uganda (1730)

Grp G: DR Congo v Congo (1730)

Grp I: Burkina Faso v Angola (1800)

Grp C: Mali v Gabon (1900)

Grp A: Senegal v Equatorial Guinea (2000)

Grp H: Ivory Coast v Guinea (2000)

Sunday:

Grp G: Zimbabwe v Liberia (1300)

Grp H: CAR v Rwanda (1400)

Grp D: Benin v The Gambia (1500)

Grp F: Ghana v Ethiopia (1530)

Grp D: Algeria v Togo (2100)

Grp J: Tunisia v Egypt (2200)

AFCON Qualifier: Bafana Bafana captain reveals strategy to stop Nigeria

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AFCON 2019 Qualifiers
Nigeria Vs South Africa
Saturday 10th June 2017
Venue-Nest of Champions Stadium, Uyo
Kick off-5pm,
Live-on Super Sports 9

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Newly appointed captain of Bafana Bafana, Thulani Hlatshwayo says they have trained on exploiting the lack of pace in the defence of Nigeria when both teams clash in the AFCON 2019 this weekend in Uyo.

Nigeria will host South Africa in Uyo on Saturday, and despite admitting that the Super Eagles are favourites to win the game, Hlatshwayo popularly called Tyson believes they can get a result against their hosts.

He said they won’t be intimidated by the star-studded Nigeria squad, and the record of never having won against Nigeria won’t play on their minds when both teams clash at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

“We will not be intimidated. We have played Nigeria in Nigeria before and we did well. We know we are smaller than them as players‚ so we don’t want to play the long ball but catch them on the counter. They are big‚ but a bit slow.

“It is going to be a grudge game for them. Knowing Nigerians‚ that’s how they are. They do have that arrogance they carry around. We have to be humble and make sure we don’t give Nigeria too much respect‚ and not be scared of them.”

AFCON Qualifier: Baxter vow to down Eagles

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It is a big challenge to beat South Africa – Rohr 

AFCON 2019 Qualifiers
Nigeria Vs South Africa
Saturday 10th June 2017
Venue-Nest of Champions Stadium, Uyo
Kick off-5pm,
Live-on Super Sports 9

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Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says it’s vital that they try and keep it tight and silence the crowd in Uyo on Saturday.

The South African national team will lock horns with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifer later today.

“I think we’ve got to shut the crowd up. That’s one of our big jobs. If we let the crowd get excited and Nigeria enjoy the game, then I think that’s going to be a big plus for them,” Baxter declared.

Bafana’s main intention is to frustrate their hosts, bearing in mind that history will be against them in Nigeria.

“I think we can turn that around (the string of losses to Nigeria) and frustrate them a bit, and be better than they think and have more to say than they think, then maybe the crowd could be a bit negative for them,” Baxter said.

“With the mental part of the game, the boys have to feel that this is one where we can spoil the party a bit. We can make it difficult for Nigeria,” Baxter added.

Meanwhile, Baxter’s counterpart Gernot Rohr believes Bafana are the strongest opponents he will get to face since taking over as head coach of the Super Eagles.

“They are the strongest opponent I will face so far as (Super) Eagles coach because they have not lost a match over a long time. I’m also aware that they stopped Nigeria from getting to the AFCON in 2015, and that this match is very important for Nigeria. The game will be difficult, it will be a big challenge to beat the South Africans,” Rohr said.

Super Eagles vs Bafana Bafana goes for N1000

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AFCON 2019 Qualifiers
Nigeria Vs South Africa
Saturday 10th June 2017
Venue-Nest of Champions Stadium, Uyo
Kick off-5pm,
Live-on Super Sports 9

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Super Eagles supporters especially the teeming indigenes of Akwa Ibom State have been availed the opportunity of watching the high class Nations Cup qualifier between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Bafana Bafana of South Africa for only One thousand Naira (N1,000).

The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Youth and Sports, Sir Monday Ebong Uko confirmed this in Uyo on Wednesday. He emphasized that hosting a top notch match like this cost millions and one is expected to recuperate some expenses from the gate yet the Sports loving Governor Udom Emmanuel led government will rather crash the gates to allow fans to fill the stadium and cheer the Eagles to victory at virtually no cost.

“ But for the fact that FIFA, CAF and the NFF bans free gate as a security measure Governor Udom would have declared the gate free.”

The commissioner said. The reserved side will go for Two thousand Naira only.

Mr Paul Bassey, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Sports confirmed the Governor magnanimity and urged Akwa Ibomites to take advantage of the governors good will and turn out in large numbers to cheer the Super Eagles to victory. The tickets are already on sale since Thursday at designated points, including top hotels like Le Meridien and Monty Suites on Four Lane, The Akwa United Club House, the Ibom International airport among others.

Rohr, a great and wonderful coach – Ndidi

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AFCON 2019 Qualifiers
Nigeria Vs South Africa
Saturday 10th June 2017
Venue-Nest of Champions stadium Uyo
Kick off-5pm,
Live-on Super Sports 9

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Leicester City ace Wilfred Ndidi has credited Gernot Rohr with the Eagles new-found form, describing the Franco-German as a “wonderful” coach who has tried to unite the team.

Nigeria were 16th in Africa and 68th in the world on the FIFA Rankings when Rohr took over the Eagles in July 2016. The Eagles are now fourth in Africa and 38th in the world.

“He’s a great and wonderful coach,” Ndidi told the Nigeria Football Federation official website.

“He’s a disciplined coach. He says it as it is.

“First thing (with him) is the solidarity of the group and that is really helping the team. I can see that everybody is trying to bond, you don’t just think about yourself, but the whole team.

“It was an interesting camp in France, we tried to improve because we don’t play much together.

“We are like a family.”

He said the Eagles will be gunning for victory against South Africa on later today in Uyo.

“The fans should enjoy the game. We will try to win any game, whether friendly or competitive. We will give our best. We won’t let them down on this,” he assured.

Pinnick looks forward to 4th Nigeria Pitch Awards

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President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has charged organizers of the Nigeria Pitch Awards to ensure a seamless fourth edition of the Awards, which ceremony comes up in Uyo on Saturday.

Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, the CAF Executive Committee member and President of the Organizing Committee for the Africa Cup of Nations insisted the NFF has continued to back the Pitch Awards because the leadership is enamoured by its transparency, credibility and integrity in the four years of the event.

“The Nigeria Football Federation is satisfied with the processes that the organizers bring into play for selection of voters, nomination, collation and eventual declaration of the winners. We urge the organizers to retain those processes for the good of the Awards.

“Awards serve a special purpose for professionals; they motivate in a way that we can hardly imagine.”

Organizers of the Awards, Matchmakers Consult International Limited, confirmed to thenff.com on Tuesday that Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel, who is nominated for Football Friendly Governor of the Year alongside Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos and Ezenwo Nyesom Wike of Rivers, will attend Saturday night’s programme, scheduled to begin at 8pm at the Nwaniba Hall of the Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort.

The nominees for the 4th Nigeria Pitch Awards were made known last month, after SIAO Partners Limited, the collating and verification firm, released the results to the Nigeria Football Federation.

In a letter to the NFF President, signed by SIAO’s Managing Partner, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, the auditing firm explained that the voting was done by Nigeria sports editors/managers across the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT.

THE NOMINEES

Goalkeeper of the Year: Vincent Enyeama; Carl Ikeme; Ikechukwu Ezenwa

Defender of the Year: Leon Balogun; Kenneth Omeruo; William Ekong

Midfielder of the Year: John Mikel Obi; Etebo Oghenekaro; Wilfred Ndidi

Striker of the Year: Chisom Egbuchulam; Godwin Obaje; Kelechi Iheanacho

MVP (Men) In The NPFL: Godwin Obaje; Stephen Odey; Chisom Egbuchulam

MVP (Women) In The NWPL: Osinachi Ohale; Rafiat Sule; Chioma Wogu

Queen of the Pitch: Desire Oparanozie; Onome Ebi; Asisat Oshoala

King of the Pitch: Victor Moses; John Mikel Obi; Kelechi Iheanacho

Sam Okwaraji Award: Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah; Samson Siasia; John Mikel Obi

Club/Team of the Year: Super Falcons; Dream Team; Enugu Rangers

Coach of the Year: Florence Omagbemi; Gernot Rohr; Imama Amapakabo

Referee of the Year: Adebimpe Quadri; Jelili Ogunmuyiwa; Ferdinand Udoh

Corporate Sponsor of the Year: Globacom Limited; SuperSport; Nigeria Breweries PLC

State with Best Grassroots Football Development Program: Delta State; Lagos State; Akwa Ibom State

Football Friendly Governor of the Year: Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom); Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos)

Football Journalist of the Year (Radio): Bimbo Adeola; Olawale Adigun; Arafat Aliu

Football Journalist of the Year (Print): Tobi Emmanuel; Tana Aiyejina; Ade Ojeikere

Football Journalist of the Year (TV): Mozez Praiz (SuperSport); Austin Okon-Akpan (Channels TV); Toyin Ibitoye (Channels TV)