Ogunbote, Udoji win LBA awards

The League Bloggers Award, LBA have named Sharks head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote and Enyimba captain, Chinedu Udoji as winners for the month of August 2013.

Ogunbote (Left) guided Sharks away from the relegation zone afer they spent 8 match days from week 14-21 at the bottom of the table.

However, the month of August under review between matchdays 23 and 29 saw Sharks garner 13 points, same as table-topping Bayelsa United and El-Kanemi Warriors.

But Ogunbote nicked the LBA for August ahead of the duo of Ladan Bosso (Bayelsa United) and Zachary Baraje (El-Kanemi Warriors) after his team notched up an away win at Dolphins and a draw at Kwara United.

As at Matchday 22 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Sharks occupied 19th spot but their impressive run in August has seen them jump to 12th.

All of the wins by Bayelsa United and El-Kanemi were from four home matches each. They managed a point each on the road at Sunshine Stars and Akwa United respectively.

For the LBA Player for August, Udoji came up against Rafael Boumsong (El-Kanemi Warriors), Rabiu Ali (Kano Pillars), Christian Pyagbara (Sharks), Ndubuisi Ekwuruibe (Kaduna United), Musa Najare (Warri Wolves) and Victor Namo (Nasarawa United).

Boumsong, Ekwuruibe, Namo, Najare, Ali and Pyagbara played pivotal roles in their teams run in August but it was the defensive performance of Udoji that caught the attention of the LBA panel.

Udoji proved to be a defensive leader for Enyimba and helped them keep five clean sheets out of seven games in August against Nembe City, Warri Wolves, Kaduna United, Gombe United and Dolphins.

The LBA winners for August will be presented with their awards later this month.



WINNERS THIS SEASON:

MARCH 2013
Player: Theophilus Afelokhai (Kano Pillars)
Manager: Mohammed Baba Ganaru (Kano Pillars)


APRIL 2013
Player: Oghenekaro Etebo (Warri Wolves)
Manager: Solomon Ogbeide (Warri Wolves)


MAY 2013
Player: Adamu Yahaya (Kwara United)
Manager: Samson Unuanel (Kwara United)


JUNE 2013
Player: Terkaa Melai (Lobi Stars)
Manager: Solomon Ogbeide (Warri Wolves)


JULY 2013
Player: Mfon Udoh (Akwa United)
Manager: Zachary Baraje (El-Kanemi Warriors)


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