Organisers of the Nigeria Profesional Football League (NPFL), the League Management Company (LMC), have said that the highest scorer in the top flight league would be rewarded with a golden boot to be named after former Nigeria international, the late Rasheed Yekini. Chairman of LMC, Mallam Shehu Dikko, said the unveiling of the Rasheed Yekini trophy for the highest goal scorer, as part of the NPFL Awards, was approved by the board at its meeting in June.
Dikko said the decision to name the trophy after one of Nigeria’s most prolific forwards was chosen by the board as a route to immortalize the player who scored a total of 37 goals in 58 appearances for the country and demonstrated exemplary character and commitment throughout his career.
“There is a broad plan to institute awards and honour outstanding players, officials, key stakeholders and fans in the league at the end of every season and there are a number of factors that led us to reach the decision to name one of these awards, that of the highest goal scorer after the late Rasheed Yekini.
“The awards is part of strategic plans of the LMC to create commercial value and additional revenues out of the assets inherent in the league property. “We considered the aspiration factor which seeks to let the players know that they too can become national heroes if they achieve excellence and make a success of their career. It says to them that they too can become legends of the game and the society will honour them as we have sought to honour the late Yekini,” Dikko explained.