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Amaju Pinnick,

Seasoned Players Lead Pro League Goal Rush

After 13 matches in the Nigeria Professional Football League, there is no place for strangers amongst the top scorers as known faces like Heartland forward, Bright Ejike and his Abia Warriors counterpart, Chisom Chikatara top the chart.

Seven goals Both players have never emerged top scorer, but have since scored seven goals each to underscore their credentials. Ejike is a seasoned campaigner, who maintains a regular appearance in the chart from his sojourn at Sharks, while Chikatara is in his second season in the top flight.

Chikatara led the goal chart until Heartland’s victory over Dolphins on match day 13 earned Ejike his seventh goal. If Ejike’s experience is the secret of his success in front of goals, Chikatara continues to show he has the quality to be counted amongst the best. The Abia Warriors hitman recorded double-digits in his first season in the top flight.

Six goals Tunde Adeniji’s display for Sunshine Stars this term confirms his readiness for the top class display. After understudying top stars like Izu Azuka, Dele Olorundare and Ukeyima Akombo, the former Under 20 forward has grabbed his chance to hug the headlines. Interestingly, Adeniji has the privilege of benefiting from the experience of Olorundare, who is still with the club. “I want to emerge top scorer,” Adeniji told supersport.com.

Adeniji knows it’s time to work harder after emerging winner of the influential League Bloggers Award Player of the month in May. Die-hard fans of Heartland couldn’t help but salute his brilliance after scoring a spectacular goal in their 3-0 pounding of the Owerri side at their Dan Anyiam home ground.

Five goals Nasarawa United’s Eseosa Igbinoba, Giwa’s Ibrahim Shaibu and El- Kanemi Warriors’ Ibrahim Mustapha have scored five goals each to put the heat on the trio of Ejike, Chikatara and Adeniji. Igbinoba continues from where he stopped last season as a man for the   job of goal scoring. Although he was dropped from the Super Eagles camp ahead of the 2017 Afcon qualify against Chad, the former Bendel Insurance and Lobi Stars playmaker believes consistency will earn him his second invitation. Nigeria continues the search for another dead ball specialist, but fans of the club will attest to his precision as one of the best in the league. And Shaibu has simply continued from where he stopped last season.

Impressive outings in April ensured he won the LBA award ahead of his contemporaries. To a large extent, Shaibu’s goals helped Giwa finish fourth in their first season in the top flight last year. Mustapha’s brilliant goal at Kwara United is an indication of his contribution to El-Kanemi’s attack. On a day his side lacked ideas after conceding four goals at home against FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Mustapha justified his rating with what could contest for the goal of the season. Blessed with canons in his boots, Mustapha has scored thrice in back-toback home matches.

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