The third edition of the annual NFF-Aiteo Football Awards took the City of Lagos by storm on Monday night, with the country’s First Lady, Dr (Mrs) Aisha Buhari, as well as four-time African Player of the Year Asisat Oshoala, home-based professional Gift Monday and the Super Falcons’ class of 1999 the star attraction at the glamour event held t the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island.
Super Falcons Coach of class ’99, Ismaila Mabo, who led the team to USA ’99 FIFA Women’s World Cup, revealed on Monday that he was left out by organisers of the Third Aiteo-NFF Football Awards, where some of the players were honoured in Lagos.
“I did not get any invitation from anybody and I did not get any phone call from anyone,” Mabo said. “I am in Jos with my family. Maybe, they thought I am dead,” he told media.
“It is a big shock to me that the NFF would treat me this way, but it is not the end of the world. My only challenge to them (organisers of this award and the NFF) is to surpass my USA ’99 World Cup record. For now, I remain Nigeria’s best coach ever.”- he added.
The Super Falcons to USA ’99, led by Coach Mabo and captained by Florence Omagbemi, made history by getting to the quarterfinal of the World Cup, the best ever performance by Nigeria’s senior national team (male and female).
According to the Guardian newspaper, the President of NFF and FIFA Council Member, Amaju Pinnick was contacted to shed more light on Coach Mabo’s claim and he said: “I am not the one that compiled the list of those to be invited for the award. I don’t know anything about it.”
Best Performance of the Year (Men; Nigeria-based): Silas Nwankwo/Charles Atshimene
Best Performance of the Year (Men; Overseas-based): Paul Onuachu
Best Performance of the Year (Women; Nigeria-based): Gift Monday
Best Performance of the Year (Women; Overseas-based): Asisat Oshoala
Club of the Year (Men): Akwa United FC
Club of the Year (Women): Rivers Angels FC
Coach of the Year (Men): Kennedy Boboye
Coach of the Year (Women): Moses Adukwu
Referee of the Year (Men): Joseph Ogabor
Referee of the Year (Women): Patience Ndidi Madu
Memorable Performance of the Year: Bayelsa United FC
Host State of the Year: Lagos State
Best Supporter of Women’s Football: Dr (Mrs) Aisha Buhari
Commitment to Women’s Football Excellence: Edo State
Inspirational Award: Ahmed Musa
Innovation Award: NFFTV/NPFLTV
Special Recognition Award: Super Falcons Class of 1999
Lifetime Achievement Award: Princess Bola Ngozi Jegede
Post-humous Award: Prince Larry Eze/ Ms Henrietta Ukaigwe