Kano Pillars midefielder and Skipper, Rabiu Ali has been named the Match Day 26 VAT Wonder Goal winner, fending off competition from Tchato Giscard and Abia Warriors Yakub Hammed.
The total votes on NPFL twitter account, @LMCNPFL was 198 votes, 101 people out of the 198, voted the goal Ali scored away from home in Ilorin against Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC in a 1-1 draw while another 53 People voted Tchato Giscard’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 for Ali and just 3 for Yakub. The Kano Pillars ace thus secured a total of 150 votes while Tchato picked 111 and Yakub 45.
Niyi Oyeleke, General Manager, Production at Supersports said each of the players nominated deserved the award adding that, “however, being a competition in which fans choose their preferred goal, one person is bound to win and Ali is hugely deserving of this award”.
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 this 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.