Sunday, July 17, 2011

Akpabio tops NPL goals chart

By Ojeikere Aikhoje

Europe-bound Plateau United forward, George Akpabio moved to the top of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) goals chart on Matchday 33 after scoring a brace against Warri Wolves.

The forward will remain as top scorer with 14 goals in the NPL until the matches resume in August after the group stage of the 2011 Federation Cup (formerly called FA Cup).

Akpabio had 12 goals before Saturday’s 2 – 0 victory in front of an appreciative home crowd.

Plateau got an early lead when Akpabio converted a sixth minute penalty and increased his tally with a wonderful goal 22 minutes later.

Akpabio’s impressive performance this term has vindicated his pre-season rating by

Warri Wolves official, Timi Ebikagboro said Akpabio’s second goal can win the ‘Goal of the Season’ award.

“It was a goal with class. There was a lift from the midfield to him inside the Wolves vital area and he slammed it in with his first touch,” he said to

Akpabio is now three goals short of the 17 goals scored by Akarandut Orok as well as Eugene Salami and Ishaya Jatau

The Plateau United man is four goals short of Ahmed Musa’s all-time record of 18 goals in the Nigerian topflight.

The duo of Sunshine Stars’ Ibrahim Ajani and Kaduna United’s Jude Aneke remain on 13 goals because they were on duty for the clubs in the Caf Confederation Cup.


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