Monday, May 03, 2010

Dike, Owoeri Emerge Best April Performers

Panelists of and have named Enugu Rangers’ head coach, Alphonsus Dike and John Owoeri of Heartland Football Club as the Manager and Player for the month of April on Monday.
Dike edged the likes of John Obuh of Sharks, Salisu Yusuf of Kano Pillars, Ben Duamlong of Gombe United and Justin Tenger of Kwara United to the Manager Award for April with just a point.
On the back of the Flying Antelopes unbeaten run in the month of April that includes two wins and a draw, Dike was picked for the award organised by Nigeria’s two biggest independent web portals on the Premier League.
However, Heartland returnee from trials with Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew, Owoeri stunned other candidates for the April Player of the Month Award with a last day performance in which he netted a hat-trick.
In keeping with its yardstick for selecting the Player of the Month, and picked Owoeri for scoring three goals last month.
The Heartland diminutive wing attacker scored all three goals in last Thursday’s rescheduled fixture against Sunshine Stars at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.
Before Owoeri put up a five-star performance against Sunshine Stars to nick the April award, eight players were in line for the same award until last Thursday.
The eight players edged by Owoeri are Mannir Ubale (Bayelsa Utd), Pascal Ejike (Sharks), Victor Barnabas (Lobi Stars), Sibi Gwar (Kwara Utd), Juwon Oshaniwa (Sharks), Gambo Muhammad (Kano Pillars), Austin Kadiri (Zamfara Utd) and
Ibrahim Abdullahi (Gombe Utd).
This is the first time that Dike and Owoeri would be named as winners of the monthly award, which began in January 2010.
CEO of Naija Premier League Awards, Aikhoje Ojeikere, said plans are underway to recognise all the winners of the monthly award at the end of the season.
“We hope to give the winners some form of recognition for their achievement in this season’s league campaign. Hopefully this will be done at the end of the season,” he said.

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