Godwin Obaje
Last
season’s top scorer, Godwin Obaje made it to the list for the VAT
Wonder Goal Award and will be contending with Akwa United’s Friday
Ubong and Wilfred Ammeh of Niger Tornadoes in the latest shortlist
announced by the League Management Company (LMC).

The
three nominees made the final cut in a match day that recorded 23
goals and with seven other goals considered good enough for listing.

Obaje
switched to FC IfeanyiUbah from Wikki Tourists after emerging the
highest scorer last season and have so far netted nine times this
term but it was first effort against Kano Pillars that has earned him
a chance to contest for the best goal of the week honour.

Showing
huge predatory instincts, Obaje amidst tight marking from four
defenders inside the box calmed his nerves to link up a cross from
the left side and without controlling the ball, leaned to his left,
then shot to the roof of the net with his right. It was a delightful
ending to a move that was initiated from the half line involving just
two players before Obaje dropped the ball in the net.

On
a day Niger Tornadoes doused the fire from MFM, Ammeh made good a
miscuing by a team made. A right footed player, Ammeh showed
versatility of both legs when he deftly controlled the mis-kicked
pass, pushed twice to displace two markers and position well for a
right footed blaze that hit the upper inner part of the net. It was
simply a goal no goalkeeper could do anything apart and this was
without prejudice for the maze of legs inside the goal area.

Ubong’s
goal is similar to the two other shortlisted goals only to the extent
that it shook the top end of the net. But his was a sheer effort in
bravery and big heart. A stubborn ABS backline had on two occasions
repelled moves by Akwa United through the left side and on the third
time, the ball fell to Ubong who caressed with his left foot to
release a rocket that sailed upwards into the net from 30 meters. The
crowd rose in appreciation and his team mates piled atop him on the
grass in celebration.

Video
of the three goals have been uploaded on the Nigeria Professional
Football League (NPFL) website, www.npfl.ng and social media platform
@LMCNPFL on twitter.

Voting
which starts Thursday, June 1 will end at 12noon on Sunday, June 4.
The winner will receive N150, 000 half of which he is expected to
contribute to a charity of his choice within the city where the club
is based.

The
VAT Wonder Goal Award is supported by the Federal Inland Revenue
Services (FIRS) which is collaborated with the LMC to use matches of
the NPFL to create awareness for the importance of regular tax
payment by citizens.

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