NFF Awards: Beauty And The Beast
The Nigeria Football Federation held its maiden awards to honour both active and retired footballers, as well as administrators in the footballing industry.
It was a night of glitz and glamour, but was not without hitches, well, as expected.
Bounce News takes a look at some of the beautiful moments and the ugly ones too.
Quality artistes: The NFF did well to get quality artistes who gave professional performances on the stage to the excitement of guests and those viewing live from their homes.
Darey, Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage, Patoranking, and Simi were some of the artists on the line-up for the night.
Many ex-internationals: Another thumbs up to the NFF for inviting as many ex internationals who have done the country proud.
Christian Chukwu, Emmanuel Okalla who played for the Nigerian national football team from 1972–1980, Uche Okechukwu, Friday Ekpo, Peter Rufai, Ike Shorunmu, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, Garba Lawal, Taribo West, Joseph Dosu, Wilson Oruma, Austin Eguavoen, Samson Siasia, Ben Iroha, Julius Aghahowa and Femi Opabunmi among others were live at the event.
It was really a night to remember as they reunited and shared good memories.
Cool atmosphere: The atmosphere at the awards was electrifying.
The hall of the Grand Ballroom of the Eko Hotels and Suites was colourful and filled as the event was well attended.
Top dignitaries: A major high of the NFF awards was the attendance of top dignitaries in the world of football and politics.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino and CAF Head Ahmad Ahmad topped the list of football personalities present at the show.
Governors of Lagos and Delta states Akinwunmi Ambode and Ifeanyi Okowa respectively, topped the list of politicians.
Their presence definitely gave the event a lift.
Given the history of shows in Nigeria, it is usually expected that some things go wrong especially when it's a live show. Here are some of the hitches the NFF awards encountered:
Late start: the first thing that got on the nerves of guests and other attendants was the delay in the commencement. An event scheduled for 7pm and to last for 90 minutes, did not start until after over one hour delay, and it lasted longer than the planned 90 minutes.
Technical issues: one of the most annoying distractions of a live event is technical hitches, and it was witnessed at the NFF awards on Monday.
Most notably was when ex internationals Wilson Oruma and Femi Opabunmi were to present the Fair Play award to eventual winner - Remo Stars FC, the nominees video failed to play while the duo were stranded on the stage for over two minutes.
Long speeches: This was another tun-off for attendants and viewers.
NFF Vice-President Seyi Akinwunmi, and representative of Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung delivered long speeches, but the height of it all was when Aiteo boss, Benedict Peters, climbed the podium to deliver a long and boring speech.
He even took his time to greet his wife. Well, as the saying goes – he that plays the piper dictates the tune, there's nothing anyone can do about it.
UCL sig tune: Some attendants and viewers were disappointed when the signature tune of the UEFA Champions League was played at the start of the event.
They wondered why Nigerias can'tbe unique and proud of their own.
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