The AITEO/Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) awards held in Lagos on Monday with Victor Moses emerging the 2018 Player of Year.
Moses edged out Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Lobi Stars’ Anthony Okpotu.
DAILY POST reports that in attendance were FIFA President, Gianni Infantino and his CAF counterpart Ahmad Ahmad, Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa and Francis Peters, the Deputy Managing Director, Aiteo Group.
Others were ex-internationals, Samson Siasia, Christian Chukwu, Wilson Oruma, Femi Opabunmi, Mutiu Adepoju, Segun Odegbami, Daniel Amokachi, Mutiu Adepoju, Uche Okechukwu, Garba Lawal, Austin Okocha, Austine Eguaveon, among others.
Moses enjoyed a remarkable transformation during the 2016-17 season, winning over the doubters and earning his place at Chelsea despite appearing destined for the exit door.
He was introduced into the starting lineup in late 2016 in an unfamiliar wing-back role after Antonio Conte saw in the former Crystal Palace attacker a key solution to a problem position.
Throughout early 2017, Moses was a key figure for the Pensioners as they won the Premier League title, with the wideman only losing twice – against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United – before the FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal.
After being dismissed in that match, Moses bounced back with the equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Arsenal in the Community Shield final at Wembley, before the Gunners went on to clinch the trophy on penalties.
At international level, Moses, who also made the 11-man shortlist for Caf’s African Footballer of the Year award, played an influential role in Nigeria’s successful qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
A list of nominees and winners below…
1) PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEN)
Victor Moses (Winner)
2) PLAYER OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)
Asisat Oshoala (Winner)
3) COACH OF THE YEAR (MEN)
Kennedy Boboye (Winner)
4) COACH OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)
Ann Chiejine (Winner)
5) YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEN)
Ikouwem Udoh (Winner)
6) YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)
Rashidat Ajibade (Winner)
7) GOAL OF THE SEASON
Sikiru Olatunbosun (MFM v Rangers) – (Winner)
Shedrack Asiegbu (Abia Warriors v Plateau United is )
Oche Salifu (Remo Stars v El Kanemi)
cool FANS’ AWARD
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