Sunshine Stars striker, Sikiru Alimi has clinched the VAT Wonder Goal Award for Matchday 16 of the 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League.
The former Warri Wolves striker won the award ahead of Chijioke Alakwe of FC IfeanyiUbah, who gave him a close challenge in the voting process.
Alimi, who has scored in successive games for his relegation threatened club led the polls both on the NigeriabProfessional Football League (NPFL) website and twitter account with a combined total of 863 votes from a total 1745.
Alakwe’s strong showing on the website polls was undonenby a comparatively poor showing on the twiiter polls where Alimi coasted with 50 percent of the 513 votes, leaving Alakwe and Kano Pillars Alassan Ibrahim with 108 votes each.
Overall, Alakwe polled 700 votes while Ibrahim trailed in third place with 125 votes and Stephen Alfred of Kwara United finished fourth with 57 votes.
The goal by Alimi was the only goal in Sunshine Stars 3-1 loss to FC IfeanyiUbah which saw the striker reaching a pass after outpacing his marker, and then did a cut back to set up a right footed shot from the edge of the box.
The player will receive the prize money of N150,000 half of which will be donated to a charity to be nominated by him from the state where the club is domiciled.
The VAT Wonder Goal Award is an initiative of the League Management Company (LMC) and supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) to deepen club community engagement and promote the campaign on the benefits of tax payment by citizens.