Oruma Arrives At AITEO/NFF Awards Hale And Hearty, Set To Present Award

By Godwin Aikigbe

WIlson  Oruma showed no signs of ill health as the former Nigeria international midfielder arrived at the Grand Ballroom of Eko Hotels & Suites venue of the maiden edition of AITEO/NFF Awards wearing a broad, enchanting and infectious smile on Monday afternoon.

The former RC Lens of France player was one of the early birds at the venue of the event billed to commence at 7pm, with cocktails slated for 6pm – 6.45pm.

This is against the background of recent reports about the U17 World winner being mentally unwell after losing billions of naira to fraudsters some years ago.

Sportsrollcall.com understands that the Warri-born will present one of the awards at the occasion, at the instance of the Nigeria Football Federation that has also perfected plans to take him to summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

An array of prominent global figures, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino and CAF President Ahmad, political chieftains, football stars, renowned administrators past and present, captains of industry, legends of the Nigeria game and oaks of the entertainment industry are gracing Awards.

“SuperSport and AIT will broadcast the Awards ceremony live, starting from 7pm, and it will last for exactly 90 minutes – the period of a football match.”

Venue is the Grand Ballroom of the Eko Hotels & Suites, with cocktails slated for 6pm – 6.45pm.

NOMINEES FOR EACH CATEGORY

1) PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEN)

Victor Moses

Wilfred Ndidi

Anthony Okpotu

2) PLAYER OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)

Asisat Oshoala

Charity Reuben

Francisca Ordega

3) COACH OF THE YEAR (MEN)

Kennedy Boboye

Abdu Maikaba

Fidelis Ilechukwu

4) COACH OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)

Whyte Ogbonna

Edwin Okon

Ann Chiejine

5) YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEN)

Stephen Odey

Nura Mohammed

Ikouwem Udoh

6) YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR (WOMEN)

Rasheedat Ajibade

Anam Imo

Gift Monday

7) TEAM OF THE SEASON

Plateau United

Akwa United

MFM FC

Rivers Angels

Nasarawa Amazons

Ibom Angels

8) GOAL OF THE SEASON

Sikiru Olatunbosun (MFM v Rangers)

Shedrack Asiegbu (Abia Warriors v Plateau United)

Oche Salifu (Remo Stars v El Kanemi)