Matchmakers Consult International, which is organizing the inaugural Nigeria Pitch Awards with the support of the Nigeria Football Federation, has praised the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles, for its victory at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa.
The Nigeria Pitch Awards will reward all actors on the football pitch in Nigeria and will be held annually.
Mr. Shina Philips, chief executive officer of Matchmakers Consult, said on Tuesday that the triumph in the Rainbow Nation is a glorious turn-around for Nigeria football and will engender so many positives for our football.
“Winning the Africa Cup of Nations means a lot to the Nigeria game. It will change the way Nigeria football is seen and assessed worldwide and brighten up the market. The value of Nigeria football is fast rising.
“You can see that the results are already there to see, with Nigeria moving 22 places up the FIFA World Ranking and also moving to fourth place in Africa. It can only get better.”
Philips disclosed that all is now set for the glamorous Night of Stars that will herald the inaugural edition of the Nigeria Pitch Awards.
“The Night of Stars will celebrate several actors in the football and entertainment industry in Nigeria. We already have so many super artistes signed on to be part of it and it will be an opportunity to celebrate the Super Eagles as well as the Board and Management of the Nigeria Football Federation, which must be recognized for the hard work that resulted in the triumph,” Philips said.
The Night of Stars will take place in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, on March 24 – a day after the Super Eagles’ 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Kenya’s Harambee Stars, taking place in the same city.