Odey, Ilechukwu win March LBA

MFM duo of Fidelis Ilechukwu and Stephen Odey have been named the League Bloggers Awards (LBA) Manager and Player for March respectively.

According to the organisers of the monthly award, Ilechukwu and Odey were the standouts in the NPFL for the month under review.

The MFM manager led his team to four wins, two draws and two losses.

Ilechukwu masterminded two away draws at Enyimba and Wikki Tourists and then followed up with two back to back victories over title contenders Plateau United and one of the division’s heavyweights Rivers United.

Ilechukwu also oversaw defeats at Katsina United and Gombe United but his team had put together 14 points, three more than any other side in

The trio of Kabiru Dogo of Nasarawa United, Abdullahi Biffo of Abia Warriors and Kadiri Ikhana of Kano Pillars fell short as their
teams got 11 points apiece.

Odey was influential in front of goal for MFM FC, scoring seven of their 10 goals in March – 70 per cent of their total goals for the
month under review.

The teenage forward scored the winner in their 1-0 win over Remo Stars on Matchday 12 and followed up with another strike
in a 1-1 draw at Enyimba the next matchday.

The MFM striker then put Plateau United to the sword by scoring the two goals in their 2-1 win on 19 March and Odey netted another brace
of goals to see off Rivers United 2-1.

Odey then rounded off a fine month with one of the goals that helped MFM to a 2-1 win against Abia Warriors. Samuel Mathias of El-Kanemi
Warriors, Mfon Udoh of Enyimba and Nasarawa United goalkeeper Suraj Ayeleso were the other nominees for the player’s award.

It is however the second time the MFM striker will claim the LBA player’s award in this season’s NPFL after he won it in January.


January 2017
Player: Stephen Odey (MFM)
Manager: Kennedy Boboye (Plateau Utd)

February 2017
Player: Sunday Adetunji (Abia Warriors)
Manager: Ladan Bosso (El-Kanemi Warriors)

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