Abia
Warriors’ Shedrack Asiegbu has been announced winner of the VAT
Wonder Goal Award in a tight race decided online.

He
fought off stiff challenges from League’s top scorer, Stephen Odey
and Musa Newman of Akwa United to cart home the award.

Goals
scored by the three were shortlisted out of the total 18 goals of the
Match Day and at the end of voting, 731 fans voted on the website
while another 361 voted on the twitter platform.

Asiegbu’s
goal was the favourite for 335 voters on the website and was followed
by Newman who polled 209 with Odey getting the nod from 187. However,
of the twitter voters, Odey ran far ahead with 184 of the 361 while
Asiegbu had 90 and Newman picked 87 of the total votes.

Asiegbu
thus polled a cumulative 425 votes to edge Odey on 371 with Newman
receiving the least combined votes of 296.

The
Abia Warriors forward had netted twice in the fixture against league
leaders, Plateau United at the Umuahia Township Stadium but it was
the first of his two goals that caught attention. It was a perfect
ending to a move that began with a throw-in on the right channel of
Abia Warriors’ attack when Yakub Hammed threw the ball to Sunday
Adetunji who shielded it nicely at the edge of Plateau United’s box
before cushioning it to Uche Ihuarulam whose intended cross took a
deflection off the back of Plateau United’s Jimmy Ambrose.

The
ball then fell kindly to Asiegbu who controlled with his chest
towards his left foot and struck sweetly into the top corner beyond
Plateau United goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye for the first of his two goals
on the day.

Asiegbu
becomes the 6th Wonder Goal winner joining the rest that includes Ayo
Saka (Rivers United), Ubong Friday (Akwa United), Salefu Ochowechi
(Remo Stars), Pascal Seka (FC IfeanyiUbah) and Ahmed Usman of Wikki
Tourists.

The
award carries a reward of N150,000 half of which will be donated to a
charity to be nominated by the player from within the state where the
club is based. The VAT Wonder Goal is an initiative of the League
Management Company (LMC) and supported by the Federal Inland Revenue
Services (FIRS) as a social investment to drive tax education and
deepen clubs and community engagement.


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