Energy firm, Eunisell Ltd Friday splashed N4million on Akwa United striker Mfon Udoh and Nasarawa United forward Sunusi Ibrahim for emerging joint-highest goal scorers in the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.
The sponsors presented Udoh and Ibrahim, both of whom scored 10 goals, with cheques of N2million each at a colourful Eunisell Boot Awards 2019 ceremony held in Lagos.
Eunisell value each goal at N200,000 while the player with the highest number of goals at the end of a particular season claims the top prize.
It is the first time that two players have emerged winners of the award in the same season.
Eunisell, a chemical specialty fluids and production solutions company, instituted the award last year.
Junior Lokosa, now with Esperance Sportive won the maiden edition of Eunisell Boot after scoring 19 goals for Kano Pillars.
He also received a cash prize of N3,800,000.
With the 2019 award, Udoh became the first player in the history of NPFL to win the league top scorer award twice.
He also set a record for the highest number of goals scored in a football season with 23 goals while playing for Enyimba in the 2013/2014 NPFL season.
The players appreciated the award and thanked the organisers for putting such measure in place to reward their efforts.
Eunisell’s group managing director, Chika Ikenga, explained that the motive of the award is to promote local football and make it enjoyable for spectators.
He said: “Football is entertaining, football brings us together in Nigeria. More than anything, football helps people in terms of being fit, it creates job. It provides opportunity for our young people to stay out of trouble. So we wanted to see how we can get involved, how we can help.
“We chose to reward the people in the front so that they can pull the other people. We would like to see in the next five years that our stadiums are as full as premier league stadiums. We are not going to do it alone, but we will do it with the rest of the society.”