Ubong’s wonder goal gets the plaudits

Ubong Friday
Akwa United’s Ubong Friday’s wonder goal against ABS on Match Day 21 has won the VAT Wonder Goal poll of the week.

The goal was the toast of voters in the VAT Wonder Goal poll conducted from Thursday, June 1 to Sunday, June 4.

Ubong’s goal shook off a stiff competition from that of Godwin Obaje of FC IfeanyiUbah, the popular choice for voters on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) twitter poll.

While 47 percent of the voters on the twitter social media platform preferred Obaje’s goal in FC IfeanyiUbah’s defeat of Kano Pillars, Ubong secured 41 percent of the votes cast and Wilfred Ammeh of Niger Tornadoes had the remaining 12 percent.

However, a whopping 81.1 percent of the voters on the NPFL website (www.npfl.ng) favoured Ebong’s rising shot goal, Obaje had 12.4 percent of the voters while Ammeh had 6.5 percent.

A total of 337 voters participated through the NPFL twitter social media handle while 635 voted on the website poll. The three goals were shortlisted from a total of 23 scored on the match day.

Obaje was the league’s leading scorer in the last season and has so far scored nine goals since joining FC IfeanyiUbah in a near deadline transfer at the start of the season.

Ubong’s goal shook the top end of the net and has been described as an effort in bravery and confidence. He had seized the opportunity of his side’s sustained raid on the stubborn ABS defense, to caress the ball, setting it up for a thunderous rising left footer from over 30 meters that threw high the back end of the roof of the net.

For the player who left Akwa United for Kano Pillars for one season before returning, the award will surely be a fillip to continue his rediscovery after being plagued by injury that sidelined him for most of the first stanza of the season.

The winner will receive N150, 000 half of which he is expected to contribute to a charity of his choice within the city where the club is based.

The VAT Wonder Goal Award is supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) which is collaborating with the LMC to use matches of the NPFL to create awareness for the importance of regular tax payment by citizens. 
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