Originally billed to hold on 15 December 2012, the Nigeria Pitch Awards is the first football Awards on a national scale to be blessed with active collaboration of the country’s football governing body, the NFF.
Already fully endorsed by first-class citizens such as the Honourable Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke (CON) and Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, the Nigeria Pitch Awards is billed to be Nigeria’s first red carpet event in sports and will honour all actors/actresses on the football pitch, as well as sponsors, football-friendly State Governments and other stakeholders.
On Sunday, the NFF and Matchmakers said they had decided to align with the reality that holding the Awards Ceremony this month would rob it of some essence and substance.
Shina Philips, chief executive officer of Matchmakers Consult International Limited, said: “Our local and international sponsors and partners, who have affirmed their commitment and support for the Awards, are of the opinion that they would need more time to build football fans’ support and followership for the Awards.
“The earlier date of 15 December 2012 also became impracticable because of the Fifa Club World Cup happening in Japan within this period and the Glo-Caf African Football Awards taking place in Accra, Ghana on 20 December 2012.
The new date will also, invariably, offer the added opportunity of having most Super Eagles players in attendance at the Awards Ceremony since Nigeria will be hosting the Harambee Stars of Kenya in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match that weekend.”
NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, said the new date also affords the organizers time to plan the several pre-Awards events and the Awards Ceremony proper.
“There is a Night of Stars that will celebrate our football superstars and entertainment celebrities on 24 February 2013, and then an international seminar to draw awareness to human trafficking in football on 22 March 2013.
“The Night of Stars will take place at the Sheraton Hotels, Lagos with the Seminar to hold at the Conference Hall, TINAPA Hotels in Calabar.
The Nigeria Pitch Awards ceremony will take place at the Calabar Cultural Centre,” Amadu stated.