- Published on Monday, 07 August 2017 15:58
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Victor Chidume’s goal for Remo Stars in Makurdi against Lobi Stars on Matchday 29 was voted the best on both online platforms for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 10th VAT Wonder Goal award for the 2016/17 season.
His side lost the fixture 3-2 but Chidume’s gem of a goal made the shortlist alongside goals by Abdulrahman Bashir of Nasarawa United and Wasiu Jimoh of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC).
A total of 2,223 votes were cast by fans who voted on the NPFL website with Chidume picking 1,471 of the votes representing over 66 per cent of the votes. Jimoh came second overall and also on the website. The Shooting Stars player had 706 votes from the website but trailed Bashir and winner Chidume on the Twitter poll.
In the final tally, Chidume polled 1,583 votes, Jimoh 783 and Bashir 141 of the grand total of 2,510 votes, the second highest tally since the poll began from Matchday 20. Only Wasiu Alalade of Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC has polled more with 1,767 of a total of 2,806 votes on VAT Wonder Goal 8.
With the win, Remo Stars become the first club to produce two winners of the VAT Wonder Goal following an earlier win by Salefu Ochowechi.
Remo Stars had picked the pocket of Lobi Stars in midfield and immediately the ball fell to the feet of Chidume, he instinctively aimed his attempt at goal from the centre circle leaving eggs in the face of Lobi goalkeeper Okiemute Odah when the ball nestled in the net.
For the win, the Remo Stars player will receive N150,000 half of which will be donated to a charity organization based within the state where the club is domiciled. The VAT Wonder Goal is an initiative of the League Management Company (LMC) to enhance club and community engagement and is supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) which seeks to use the platform to promote tax education.
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