Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Babadidi, Ogbe win Naija PL January awards

The Naija Premier League Awards have named Mustapha Babadidi (pictured left) and Bernard Ogbe as the Player and Manager of the month of January respectively.

Babadidi and Ogbe were picked as the best performers for the first month of the top flight in Nigeria based on their outstanding display for Gombe United.

Teenage striker, Babadidi scored high points for his output in Gombe United's impressive start, as he also bagged a hat-trick in his side's 3-1 win over Niger Tornadoes.

"I'm happy with this award and it is going to serve as a way to help me realise that people are watching and I need to give my best every time I play for Gombe United," Babadidi said.

He edged Azuka Ebinum (Niger Tornadoes), Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars), Ini Akpan (Akwa United), Femi Thomas (Akwa United), Josiah Maduabuchi (Enyimba) and Sanusi Sani (Gombe United) for the January Player of the Month award.

But Ogbe clearly earned his thunder as Manager for the month of January by leading Gombe United to an unbeaten start this season.

He has also ensured that the Desert Scorpions remain the only side this term to have secured an away win.

In January, Gombe United dropped points only at 3SC but defeated Lobi Stars, Niger Tornadoes and Kaduna United.

"I must say I have never been honoured this way in the league since I became a coach. It is the first of its kind and I want to say to the organisers of this awards that they should continue as this is encouraging to us, the coaches and the players," Ogbe remarked.

Babadidi and Ogbe were presented with certificates for Player and Manager of January accordingly in Port Harcourt on Sunday before their game against champions, Dolphins.

The Naija Premier League Awards is organised by three top Nigerian football blogs,, and

The copyright of the Naija Premier League Monthly Awards for players and managers is also reserved to the three organisations.

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