For instituting an annual award that has become the benchmark in honoring Nigerian football, its administrators and sponsors, organisers of the 2023 Nigeria Pitch Award are planning a special edition to mark the milestone.
The Nigeria Pitch Award began in July 2012. The 2023 edition scheduled to hold March next year at a yet to be announced venue is the 10th edition.
Speaking at a media session in Lagos on Tuesday, President of the Nigeria Pitch Award, Shina Phillips, said that it was important to make the 10th edition special, and there were big plans on the cards to make it happen.
Phillips stated that a symposium to discuss the future of Nigerian football would be staged before the event.
“We are going to announce some of the big initiatives we are adding to the award ceremony over time.
“I say a big thank you to our independent voting collating partners— SIAO and the Nigeria Football Federation—and also the College of Voters for standing by us over the years.”
Despite operating for 10 years without a headline sponsor, Mr Phillips insisted that it was done so deliberately to protect the sanctity and Integrity of the award.
“It has been deliberate working without sponsors in the past years just to protect the standard and integrity of the award,” Phillips hinted with pride.
The process of selecting winners of the 2023 edition is to begin with voting on December 4 and ends on January 12, 2024. Winners are to be announced and presented during the International Match Window in March 2024.