Veteran Kano Pillars midfielder, Rabiu Ali, has clinched the Match-day 26 VAT Wonder Goal, beaten off competition from Tchato Giscard of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC. Abia Warriorsâ€™ Yakub Hammed finished a distant third in the online polling conducted on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) website and twitter handle.
Of the total of 196 voters on the NPFL twitter account, @LMCNPFL, 101 endorsed the goal Ali scored away from home in Ilorin against Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC in a 1-1 draw while another 53 voted Tchato Giscardâ€™s volley against Sunshine Stars at the Agege Stadium in MFM 2-1 defeat of the Akure Gunners. Abia Warriors Yakub secured the remaining 42 votes.
58 fans who voted on the NPFL website, www.npfl.ng preferred Tchato, 49 voted for Ali and while Yakub got only three votes. The Kano Pillars ace thus secured a total of 150 votes while Tchato picked 111 and Yakub 45.
General Manager, Production at SuperSport, Niyi Oyeleke, said each of the players nominated deserved the award adding that, â€œhowever, being a competition in which fans choose their preferred goal, one person is bound to win and Ali hugely deserved of this awardâ€.
Ali becomes the 7th VAT Wonder Goal Award winner following Ayo Saka of Rivers United, Ubong Friday of Akwa United and Salefu Ochowechi of Remo Stars. The other are Seka Pasachal of FC IfeanyiUbah, Ahmed Usman of Wikki Tourists and Shedrack Asiegbu of Abia Warriors.
Winners receive a cash reward of N150, 000 half of which is donated to a charity of his choice located within the state where the club is based. Ali is expected to be presented his award at a ceremony to hold before the start of their Match-day 29 fixture against Rangers International at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Sunday.
The VAT Wonder Goal is a Social Investment initiative of the League Management Company (LMC) to promote clubs and community engagement and supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) to promote tax education amongst the football community.