The League Bloggers Awards on Monday nominated four players and four coaches to contend for the Nigeria Professional Football League Player and Manager for the month of March.
Shortlisted in the players’ category are Abia Warriors striker Samson Obi, Austin Ogunye of Lobi Stars and the Wikki Tourists pair of Nafiu Kabuga and Abba Umar.
Obi is named among the shortlist for playing a major role in Abia Warriors’ fine run in March.
The striker scored four times in three of their four matches in the month under review.
The Abia Warriors man scored in the derby at FC Ifeanyiubah that ended 1-1 and followed up with two goals against Wikki Tourists and one at Akwa United.
His goals earned Abia Warriors five of their eight points.
Ogunye had his most productive period of the season in March as he was directly involved in four of Lobi’s six goals.
The ex-MFM man scored twice in Lobi’s dramatic 3-2 win over Rivers United and provided an assist in same game.
His other goal came in the 1-2 defeat at Nasarawa United.
No other player provided the most assists in March than Wikki’s Umar.
He provided two in his team’s 3-0 win over Rivers United and got another assist when they saw off El-Kanemi Warriors 3-0.
He also helped himself to a goal in the El-Kanemi fixture.