Monday, November 04, 2013

LBA to honour league stars of the decade

In a bid to celebrate 10 years of Premier League football in Nigeria, the League Bloggers Awards (LBA) has decided to honour some of the outstanding actors in the last decade.

The Premier League era in Nigeria began in January 2003 under the tenure of former Nigeria Football Association (now Nigeria Football Federation) boss, Ibrahim Galadima.

In the last 10 years there have been outstanding actors in the premier league and the LBA has decided to award the best in six categories.

"The aim of the LBA Decade Awards is to celebrate Nigerians and foreigners who were outstanding in the last 10 years. The contributions of these stars cannot be over-emphasized," CEO of the LBA, Ojeikere Aikhoje explained.

Among the categories for honours include coach of the decade, player of the decade, team of the decade, club of the decade, foreign player of the decade and club administrator.

Undoubtedly Victor Ezeji picks the Player of the Decade award for his amazing achievement in the premier league while Maurice Cooreman bags the Coach of the Decade after managing nine clubs during this time.

But Aikhoje said the Team of the Decade proved to be "a tough assignment" considering the plethora of talents in the premier league in the past 10 years.

"It was a tough assignment picking the Premier League XI of the Decade, because several players were truly outstanding."

Felix Anyansi-Agwu is named Administrator of the Decade for his achievement with Enyimba who have won the Premier League four times in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2010.

Since the premier league era, Anyansi-Agwu has ensured that Enyimba never finished outside of the top eight with the 2010/11 season being the only time in the last decade that they finished in seventh position.

The stars of the decade will be honoured in Lagos later this November.


Team of the Decade: Vincent Enyeama - Chibuzor Okonkwo, Romanus Orjinta, Godfrey Oboabona, Mutiu Adegoke - Ahmed Musa, Muri Ogunbiyi, David Tyavkase - Victor Ezeji, Joetex Frimpong, Jude Aneke

Coach of the Decade: Maurice Cooreman

Club of the Decade: Enyimba

Player of the Decade: Victor Ezeji

Foreign Player of the Decade: Joetex Frimpong

Club Administrator of the Decade: Felix Anyansi-Agwu (Enyimba)

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