Five players have been shortlisted for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award while two others are still tied on six goals for the Highest Goals scorer Award of the 2012 Nigeria Bankers Games which ends on Sunday at the University of Lagos Sports Complex in Akoka, Lagos.
The MVP award which has been named after the late Diamond Bank staff, Wilson Obiefuna who died recently will seek to reward outstanding performance and depth of influence of the nominees.
This year's finalists, Skye Bank and Standard Chartered Bank have two nominees each out of the five named as candidates for the award. The two contenders for the highest goals scorer award from Skye Bank include NBG all-time record goal scorer, Kayode Abdulrasheed Mustapha and Ismail Sanni who has been credited with the highest number of assists in this year's tournament.
From Standard Chartered Bank are the captain, Funlola Oni and free scoring midfielder, Jide Shiwoku. With both teams locking horns in Sunday's finals, the match could go a long way in determining who wins the award which also has UBA's Seun Mohammed as a contender.
Mohammed is also in the running for the golden boot having netted same six goals as Skye Bank's Mustapha. The two have equal chances of clinching the award with Mohammed looking to increase his tally in the third place match between UBA and Stanbic-IBTC while Mustapha will take his chance against Standard Chartered Bank in the final match.
Other awards lined up for the finals are Overall Best Athlete, Best Goalkeeper, Best Defender and the Best Midfielder