Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface to Battle for Nigeria’s Top Football Award

Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface to Battle for Nigeria’s Top Football Award

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 2, 2024 at 2:14 PM
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  • Victor Osimhen has bagged four nominations at the Nigeria Pitch Awards
  • The Napoli forward will compete with Victor Boniface in two categories
  • The 10th Nigeria Pitch Awards will be held in Lagos on a yet-to-be-determined date

Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface are set to battle it out for the biggest prize in the 10th edition of the Nigeria Pitch Awards after the organisers announced the nominees for the 2023 edition.

The Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen forwards have been nominated for the awards owing to their outstanding seasons for their respective clubs in Europe.

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Victor Osimhen has bagged four nominations at this year's Nigeria Pitch Awards after helping Napoli win the Serie A last season. Photo by Alessandro Sabattini.
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According to Premium Times, Osimhen is the player with the highest nomination this year’s awards after the 25-year-old was shortlisted in four award categories including the ‘Striker of the Year,’ and ‘Sportsmanship of the Year’ awards.

Boniface got two nominations for his outstanding season in the Bundesliga, while serial African Women Footballer of the Year and former Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala also got a nomination.

Ola Aina, Calvin Bassey, Alex Iwobi, and Wilfred Ndidi are some other players who also bagged a nomination for the award to be staged later this year in Lagos.

Pitch Awards categories and nominees

Goalkeeper of the Year:

Kingdom Osayi (Doma United FC)

Amas Obasoge (Bendel Insurance FC)

Ojo Olorunleke (Enyimba International FC)

Defender of the Year:

Calvin Bassey (Fulham FC England)

Ola Aina (Nottingham Forest, England)

Bright Osayi-Samuel (Fenerbahçe, Turkey)

Midfielder of the Year:

Yusuf Al-Hassan (Royal Antwerp, Belgium)

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England)

Alex Iwobi (Fulham FC, England)

Striker of the Year:

Robert Mizo (Bayelsa United FC)

Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy)

Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)

Sam Okwaraji Award:

Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy)

Ahmed Musa (Sivasspor, Turkey)

Kunle Soname (Bet9ja)

Queen of the Pitch:

Rasheedat Ajibade (Atlético Madrid, Spain)

Chiamaka Nnadozie (French Division 1 Féminine)

Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona FC, Féminine, Spain)

King of the Pitch:

Victor Osimhen (Napoli FC, Italy)

Emeka Obiora (Shooting Stars SC)

Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany)

Team of the Year:

Super Falcons

Enyimba International FC

Remo Stars FC

Napoli demand €130million for Osimhen

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Napoli are asking a massive sum of €130 million from English Premier League giant Chelsea for the signing of Super Eagles attacker Victor Osimhen.

The 25-year-old Nigerian is at the top of the Blues' shopping list this summer, as they want to strengthen their attack after a disappointing 2023/24 season.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..