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VAT Wonder Goal 14: Eduwo, Adeyemo and Gombe’s Usman listed
Niger Tornadoes’ Bolaji Adeyemo , Gombe United’s Musa Usman and Kingsley Eduwo of Lobi Stars made the shortlist for VAT Wonder Goal 14.
The trio was picked from the total of 20 goals scored on Matchday 33 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to vie for popular votes from fans for the N150,000 prize money.
Eduwo netted twice in the fixture against Abia Warriors which Lobi Stars eventually lost 4-2 to the Umuahia side. Eduwo who led the CHAN Eagles attack in Kano last Saturday had sprang an offside trap to calmly hook the ball over the head of Abia Warriors goalkeeper before slamming the ball with a left footed shot into the empty net.
“I like the goal because of Eduwo’s reading of the opponent’s backline. His run was timely and there was the confidence he showed by first touch with his laps before hooking over the goalkeeper. It was brilliant,” commented George Akpayen, a writer and record keeper of the NPFL.
In the 58th minute of the match against Shooting Stars in Ibadan, Musa Usman had received a pass few yards away from the half line and made two quick steps with the ball with two Shooting Stars players ball-watching on either side of him before he released a half rising shot that the goalkeeper mistimed. It gave Gombe United the lead before Seun Akinyemi and Nojeem Olukokun responded for the Oluyole Warriors to end the match 2-1.
The third pick is a daring goal by Adeyemo which gifted all three points to Niger Tornadoes in Lokoja against El-Kanemi Warriors. The encounter was heading to a stalemate and with just 13 minutes to end of regulation time when Tornadoes attacked from the right corner flank releasing a cross which Adeyemo met with a low flying header that flew into the net.
“The hallmark of his goal was the fearlessness he displayed to execute that flying header amongst the sea of legs and the onrushing goalkeeper. He just took the game by the scruff of the neck ," remarked Tola Badekale, a producer with SuperSport.
The video of the three goals have been uploaded on the league’s website; www.npfl.ng and on the twitter handle @lmcnpfl for voting which will end at 11.59pm on Sunday, August 27
The VAT Wonder Goal Award is a social investment initiative of the League Management Company (LMC) to build stronger ties between NPFL Clubs and the community and is supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) which seeks to spread its tax education program through football.
1. MUSA USMAN - SHOOTING STARS VS GOMBE UTD
2. KINGSLEY EDUWO - LOBI STARS VS ABIA WARRIORS
3. BOLAJI ADEYEMO - NIGER TORNADOES VS EL - KANEMI