If strikers are judged by the number of goals they score, then it will be very easy to make a list of the top five in the League.
This is the last of the series featuring the top five names in various playing positions as far as the current Nigeria Professional Football League campaign goes and these names come in no order.
Ibrahim Mustapha- Plateau United
Ibrahim Mustapha is Plateau United’s top scorer this season, having banged in eleven goals so far in the campaign. This is in spite of missing three games after he sustained an injury against Dakadda FC in Uyo
He turned the new Jos Stadium into his slaughter ground, his fox in the box style endearing him to the hearts of the home fans.
He is a complete striker and is good with both feet, while his aerial prowess makes it very difficult for defenders to deal with him as he is a constant menace to them.
Mustapha Ibrahim is a workaholic. Aside from scoring goals, he creates it for other players to do it, if he is not in a good position to do so.
He joined the team late in pre-season but soon displaced Akila Jesse and Abubakar Umar to form a more lethal partnership with another new recruit, Abba Umar.
Although, he scored some spectacular goals for his former club, it is his performance under Abdu Maikaba’s side that has seen the striker flourish with 11 goals in 22 matches.
He is one of the key reasons that Plateau United is top of the NPFL table.
Israel Abia is twenty-six years old and is the top scorer in the League with twelve goals at the time football was suspended.
He played the first half of the season with Sunshine Stars, getting seen goals for them before joining Enugu Rangers in mid-season where he has scored five times.
The highlight of his season was when he scored all his side’s goals, a double brace in their 4-2 win over Nasarawa United while at Sunshine Stars.
His general play is like the Ivorian Wilfried Bony while he finishes like the Brazil legend, Ronaldo De lima.
The decision to bring him to Rangers is looking like the best piece of business by Salisu Yusuf.
He is 5 ft 8 inches tall, not bad for a center forward and is strong, very strong with the ball at his feet.
He shoots well with both feet and can dribble fairly well. His positioning in front of the goal is top-notch and he can drift back when called upon to perform defensive duties.
Abia started his career with F.C Inter in Enugu, then he played for Oakzeel F.C, before he joined Heartland, Rivers United and then Sunshine Stars.
Ndifreke Effiong – Akwa United
Ndifreke Effiong is one of the shining lights of the Kennedy Boboye led Akwa United side, scoring eleven goals despite not featuring in all the 24 games his side has played this season.
He scores with both feet and is one person that defenders do not look forward to playing due to his burly nature and all-action style.
He returned from action with the U23 side at the Olympic Games Qualifiers to step up at struggling Akwa United, filling into the shoes left by Mfon Udoh.
On the pitch, Effiong is a runner, shoots well and has the stamina of a horse. In the away game against Rangers, his performance was out of this world, scoring in that defeat of the home side.
Effiong is twenty-one years old and has already played for Nigeria at the All Africa Games in 2015, the Olympic Games in 2016 and he made his senior international debut as a 90th-minute substitute in a March 26, 2019, friendly match against Egypt.
It would have been difficult to name five top strikers in the league without mentioning Victor Mbaoma, the former Remo Stars boy.
Mbaoma is well known for his dribbling skills, excellent hold-up play, and dead-ball expertise.
The forward is also very good in the air and his incredibly headed goal against Paradou AC in the CAF Confederation Cup this season tells more of that story.
One would not be wrong to say that Mbaoma was the man of 2020 until the league was interrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Whether it was in the NPFL or in the CAF Confederation Cup, Victor has simply been unstoppable.
He is lanky, but tricky and shot into limelight in 2017 when he captained a young Remo Stars squad in the team’s first-ever topflight campaign.
He already has nine goals to his name in the league and thirteen in all competitions.
Remarkably, the forward has led his club’s scorers chart every season since his topflight debut in 2017.
Chinedum Ohanachom- Nasarawa United
When Nasarawa United needed to get out of the relegation zone as quickly as possible, their scouts pointed them to Chinedu Ohanachom.
At that time, he was yet to score a goal for Heartland after four games for them, but his style fits with what the Lafia based side needed so he was signed up.
At Nasarawa United, he has managed six goals from eight games, including a hat-trick against Katsina United at the Lafia City Stadium.
He is known for his shooting accuracy, excellent ball control, supersonic speed, amazing confidence, and above all, his goalscoring ability. He would, however, have to work on his consistency.
His previous clubs include Gombe United, Taraba United, El-Kanemi Warriors, Enyimba International, and Yobe Desert Stars.
Other names like Stanley Dimgba (Enyimba), Malachy Ohawume (Rivers United), Femi Ajayi (Dakadda) and Auwalu Ali Mallam (Kano Pillars)
Additional information from Emeka Nwani, Andrew Randa, Diegwu Nwankwo, Jesse Adams, Tobi Adepoju, Nobert Okonkwo, Eche Amos, Zazi Bariza and Albert Dakub