NPFL top goal scorers in history: Godwin Obaje hits milestone

NPFL top goal scorers in history: Godwin Obaje hits milestone
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The weekend matches in the local league have seen an Enugu Rangers forward enter the pantheon of NPFL top goal scorers in history.

In a country where local players go unsung, Godwin Obaje might go under the radar as he hits another milestone in his football career.

The Enugu Rangers forward was on fire for the Flying Antelopes as they took on Gombe United in an NPFL Week 18 match.

Enugu Rangers whitewashed the Savannah Scorpions 4-1 but remain ninth on the log.

Godwin Obaje joined the likes of Rabiu Ali in the ranks of NPFL top goal scorers in history.

He bagged a brace to reach an uncommon milestone of 70 NPFL goals.

NPFL top goal scorers in history: Godwin Obaje hits 71st goal

NPFL top goal scorers in history: Gdwin Obaje with 71 goals
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It was a sunny Saturday in Awka as Enugu Rangers hosted Gombe United in a Week 18 match.

Godwin rarely leads the attack for the Flying Antelopes, but coach Fidelis Ilechukwu let him lead the line.

No one had an idea what was in the offing, but it was the day Obaje decided to hit a peculiar milestone by entering the list of NPFL top goal scorers in history.

The 27-year-old forward got his first of the day after Wasiu Alalade had put Gombe United in front. He hit the 71-goal mark a few minutes before halftime to give the home side the lead.

Obaje thus took his tally to five goals this season. He is still some way from the league topscorer Sikiru Alimi, but if he continues in this vein, he could challenge for the award.

Godwin Obaje: A history of goals

NPFL top goal scorers in history: Gdwin Obaje with 71 goals
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Obaje has come a long way, and no one can begrudge him his place in history. Not many players get to score as many as 70 goals in the NPFL, but he is writing his name in history.

Obaje may not be as famous as Rabiu Ali, who hit his 110th league goal last year, but he has a place among the NPFL top goal scorers in history.

The Enugu Rangers forward started with Wikki Tourists before heading for Slovak side Trenčín in 2015.

He didn't stay long in Slovakia. He returned to Nigeria with Wikki Tourists and was the top goal scorer in the NPFL in 2016 with 18 goals.

He also played for Ifeanyi Ubah, Plateau United, JSK (Kairouan – Tunisia), Abia Warriors, and Sidama Bunna (Ethiopia) before he joined the Flying Antelopes for the 2022/23 season.

As the season hits the halfway mark, Obaje knows he has to do more to equal his 2016 feat of 18 league goals.

Take a bow, Godwin Obaje, for the unique milestone of 71 goals and entering the list of NPFL top goal scorers in history.

Godwin Obaje NPFL goal stats

2015 Wikki Tourists 7
2016 Wikki Tourists 18
2017 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 12
2018 FC Ifeanyi Ubah 4
2019 Plateau United 1
2020/21 Abia Warriors 8
2021/22 Abia Warriors 13
2022/23 Enugu Rangers 3
2023/24 Enugu Rangers 5
TOTAL 71

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter.