Niger Tornadoesâ€™ Bolaji Adeyemo, Gombe Unitedâ€™s Musa Usman and Kingsley Eduwo of Lobi Stars made the shortlist for VAT Wonder Goal 14.
The three were picked from the total of 20 goals scored on Match-day 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 off-side trap to calmly hook the ball over the head of Abia Warriors goalkeeper before slamming the ball with left footed shot into the empty net.
â€œI like the goal because of Eduwoâ€™s reading of the opponentâ€™s backline. His run was timely and there was the confidence he showed by first controlling with his laps and hooking over the goalkeeper. It was brilliantâ€, commented George Akpayen, a writer with supersport.com
On the 58th minute of the match against Shooting Stars in Ibadan, Musa Usman had received a through pass few yards away from the half line and made two quick steps with the ball with two ball watching Shooting Stars players 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.
â€œThe 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 â€œ, remarked Tola Badekale, a producer with Supersport.
The video of the three goals have been uploaded on the leagueâ€™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.