Nasarawa United's Silas Nwankwo and Akwa United's Charles Atshimene have emerged as top scorers of the 2020/2021 NPFL season after scoring 19 goals each.
Atshimene, whose Akwa United side emerged league champions, is the second player of The Promise Keepers to win the award after Mfon Udoh did for the club in 2019. Same for The Solid Miners' Silas Nwankwo after Ibrahim Sanusi in 2019 too.
Both players were tied on 18 apiece until the final fixture of the season before scoring their 19 goals respectively.
Atshimene scored his 19th goal in a 1-1 draw at Lobi Stars, while Nwankwo responded with a late goal in additional time at Abia Warriors, where his team was defeated 3-1.
The pair will now receive N3.8m each for scoring 19 goals and receive the coveted Golden Boot from the sponsors of the award, Eunisell.
Eunisell, who are the official sponsor of the prestigious Eunisell Boot award for the highest goal scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), has announced that both Nwankwo and Atshimene will be awarded for their individual feats, and get financial rewards of N3.8m each.
The Eunisell organization which is West Africa’s largest independent chemical as well as oil and gas engineering solutions company has a premium value of N200,000 for each goal scored during the season to inspire players to do more.
This means that N7.6m will be splurged on the two players for their impressive scoring abilities. – It will also be the second time Eunisell will celebrate joint winners after the duo of Mfon Udoh and Ibrahim Sunusi, in 2019.
Speaking on the decision to honour both players, Group Managing Director of Eunisell Limited, Chika Ikenga said: “The Eunisell Boot aims to bring more attention to the Nigerian League and raise the profile.
“Now is the time to grow our league. The talent, market and opportunity are there. Football is an ecosystem that contributes significantly to our economy.” Ikenga said.
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