By Amaechi Agbo
Kano Pillars Nyima Nwagua, Ikechukwu Nwani of Nasarawa United, Tope Olusesi of Rangers International and Chidi Nwachukwu of Go Round FC are all in the race for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 20 VAT Wonder Goal award.
Chidi Nwachukwu made the list for the second time following his nomination alongside eventual winner of Match Day 18 VAT Wonder Goal, Sikiru Olatunbosun of MFM FC.
Nwachukwu got listed this time for his spectacular strike in Go Round FC’s 2-1 defeat to FC IfeanyiUbah. It was a goal from outside the 18 yard box where he was gifted a pass, controlled it with his right before unleashing a volley which left the goalkeeper stunned.
Kano Pillars were trailing 1-0 in Owerri to troubled Heartland FC but Nwagua scored to deny the hosts another chance to win all three points. Nwagua with just one movement displaced three Heartland defenders to set up a left footed shot that beat an already badly positioned goalkeeper to equalize.
For Nwani, his goal was a demonstration of gusto and calmness all at once. In a near counter attack that had El-Kanemi players around the center circle, Nwani received a defense splitting pass from Nojeem Olokukon, slipped the ball in between the legs of the center back and had a horde of El-Kanemi defenders chasing him from the center line close to the edge of the box where he picked his spot to place the ball beyond on-rushing goalkeeper
Olusesi in Jos ensured that Enugu Rangers went away with a point. In a wave of counter offensive after Wikki Tourists lost the ball in Rangers half, left wing back, Isaac Loute located Olusesi who made a perfect control inside the box and under pressure by an opponent, kept his cool to smash a left footed volley straight up the roof of the post.
Videos of the four goals have been uploaded on the NPFL website,www.npfl.ng and twitter handle, @lmcnpfl for voting which opened yesterday, May 14 and ends at midnight of Wednesday, May 17.
The VAT Wonder Goal Award is an initiative of the League Management Company (LMC) supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) to deepen club and community engagement through charity support and also promote the benefits of tax payment through the FIRS tax education campaign.
The player whose goal receives the highest number of votes across both platforms wins the N150,000 prize money, 50 percent of which will be donated to a Charity to be nominated by the player. Such Charity must be based within the state where the club is based.