Junior Lokosa was presented with the inaugural Eunisell Boot Award at a brief ceremony held at Radisson Blu, Lagos on Thursday to showcase the goals he scored in the out-gone season for Kano Pillars.
The forward who made his debut for the Super Eagles last May in an international friendly against Congo DR was awarded the prestigious trophy and N3,800,000.00 – N200,000 for each of his 19 goals scored during the 2017/2018 NPFL season.
Initiated by leading global chemical and specialty fluid management company Eunisell, the award celebrates the highest goal scorer in the Nigerian domestic top flight. The event also showcased the unveiling of the Eunisell Boot Award which will be an annual event.
Speaking at the event, Group Managing Director of Eunisell Limited Chika Ikenga said “We are here to honour the top goal scorer of the 2017/2018 NPFL season – Junior Lokosa of Kano Pillars who scored a magnificent 19 goals in a season that was cut short, making his achievement even more memorable.”
Ikenga said football is Eunisell’s main corporate social responsibility programme since it creates opportunities for Nigerian youths and nurture their talents to enable them fulfill their dreams.
“There are so many success stories of our young players who have gone on to become stars both in Nigeria and in premier leagues overseas. But for that to continue and grow, the game requires corporate Nigeria to get behind it and we are proud of our involvement.”
Lokosa told SportingLife.ng that he was overwhelmed at Eunisell’s determination to change the status of Nigerian footballers and the game.
“It is a big challenge for all of us in the league and we must keep improving so that other companies will emulate what Eunisell is doing here. Thank you Eunisell,
Thank you to my team and coach I am really grateful. Winning this award has brought me into the lime light and has boosted my profile, now I am in the Super Eagles.”
Lokosa who said he never thought that he would win any award in a short period after joining Pillars from First Bank FC also thanked his mother for her prayers and support which has helped in his football career.
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“Honestly, when I got a call from organisers of this award, I didn’t take it seriously until everything became a reality. I give God all the glory and I also want to thank my mum for her prayers which has kept me going” he added