The Naija Premier League Bloggers Awards has named Rabiu Ali (pictured) of Kano Pillars and Kabir Sulaiman Dogo of ABS FC as the Player and Manager for the March edition of its monthly award respectively.
It was no surprise that Dogo emerged as the best manager for the month of March after guiding modest ABS FC to a superb run of eight games without a loss that included five wins and three draws.
The ABS’ caretaker coach even chalked up an away win at Kaduna United as early as March 4 in his first game in charge to show his team’s intent of going unbeaten throughout the month of March.
Trainer of the Saraki Boys further handed down a seven-game target to go unbeaten and surpassed it in same month.
However, only the duo of Baba Ganaru and Austin Eguavoen of Kano Pillars and Enyimba came closest to equalling the unbeaten feat of Dogo and his team.
Enyimba and Kano Pillars finished with one loss apiece in March.
But the real battle was in the player’s category where Ali, Bala Mohammed of Jigawa Golden Stars and Sibi Gwar of Niger Tornadoes were tied on four goals each.
Mohammed has been the talisman for the Golden Stars so far this season but two of his four goals came from penalties compared to Ali and Gwar, who scored all of their four goals each from open play.
The battle for the Player of March was trimmed down to Ali and Gwar with the former slightly edging the Tornadoes’ man.
Ali’s goals were able to help Pillars notch up wins against Sunshine Stars and 3SC while Gwar’s goals secured just a win for Tornadoes against Sharks and two draws against Enugu Rangers and Kwara United.
The organisers of the monthly award, the Naija Premier League Bloggers Awards, will present Ali and Dogo with certificates for their feat in April.
Player: Mustapha Babadidi (Gombe United)
Manager: Bernard Ogbe (Gombe United)
Player: Chikeluba Ofoedu (Enugu Rangers)
Manager: Okey Emordi (Enugu Rangers)