Kano Pillars duo of Ibrahim Musa and Nyima Nwagua have been named Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Manager and Player for June by the League Bloggers Awards (LBA).
Musa, who only in his first season in charge as head coach of the Kano Pillars, led the club to an unbeaten run in June.
Kano Pillars played five matches and completed the month without a single loss. They vanquished Lobi Stars, Sunshine Stars and MFM FC in their home games played away behind closed doors and after that got two draws out at 3SC and ABS FC.
Musa beat off competition from Gbenga Ogunbote of Enyimba, Bala Nikyu of Wikki Tourists and Enugu Rangers coach Chukwuma Agbo to the June award in the manager’s category.
Nwagua, then again, saw off the challenge of Lobi Stars forward Anthony Okpotu, Adesina Gata of ABS FC and Musa Newman of Akwa United who came second in the race for the player’s award.
He scored twice in their 2-1 home win over Lobi Stars and afterward got another goal in the 3-1 win against Sunshine Stars, also at home.
On Matchday 26, Nwagua turned provider for Rabiu Ali’s goal which earned them a point at ABS FC in a contest that ended one-all.
The former Lobi Stars man simply cracked it ahead of Newman as his team finished top of the pile for June with his contribution being a key factor.
It is the first time that both Kano Pillars men are winning the LBA monthly award.