Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Celebrating Nigeria's Local Goal Kings!

So over the years, the Nigerian football fans and critics alike have consistently focused on foreign stars and how they make history getting balls at the back of the net with little attention paid to our league.

BlackBox Nigeria's Azeez Mustapha hereby writes on the top scorers in the Nigerian Premier League for over two decades since it's inception.

Since its inception,the Nigeria league has always been referred to as the "defenders' league because they've earned a reputation for shutting out attackers, BlackBox nigeria explores the evolution of the league from a defenders league to what it ought to be a Scorer's League as Enyimba's Ufom Udoh bags in his 21st goal of the season to be crowned King of goals.

The Nigerian league started officially in 1990 with Iwuayanwu Nationale's point man Ishaya Jatau taking home the golden boot for the inaugural season with 17 goals, however sport loving Nigeirans and Local league enthusiast had to wait for twenty years of football before another player could surpass that feat and that came in the person of Super Eagles Wizkid who stunned the Argentines at the last World Cup with a brace, former Kano Pillars forward Ahmed Musa scored 18 goals in the 2009/10 league season to be crowned king.
Emem Eduok has a last chance to overthrow his kinsman off the chat as the highest goal scorer of all times
Unlike Jatau's in 1990, Ahmed Musa's record couldn't withstand the test of time has Kaduna united Striker Jude Aneke dislodged the goal scoring record the following season, scoring 20 goals in the 2010-11 league season.

It appears that the Nigerian professional Football league is not left out of the global evolution of football as league strikers are becoming more clinical in front of Goal, the goal returns from strikers in the League is becoming impressive.
After two failed attempts by his contemporaries, Former Kaduna United striker Jude Aneke finally lost his crown to Enyimba international of Aba hitman Ufom Udoh, having scored 21 goals so far this season with the luxury of a game still in hand.
However the people's Elephant point man will not be celebrating just yet as he his being closely chased by Dolphin's Striker Emem Eduok who also has a game to claim the crown from him with 20 goals registered already.
Ufom Edoh is the Nigerian league's highest goal scorer of all times
All-time Nigeria league goal scorers

Name. Club Goals Year
Ufom Udoh. Enyimba Fc 21 2013/14
Emem Eduok. Dolphins Fc 20 2013/14
Jude Aneke. Kaduna united 20 2010/11
Ahmed Musa. Kano Pillars 18 2009/10
Victor Namo. Nasarawa utd 18
Ishaya Jatau. Iwuanyanwu/N 17 1990
Orok Akarandut. Akwa utd 17 2008/09
Sibi Gwar. Niger tornadoes 17 2012/13
Paul Kpaughoul Jasper utd/BBC lions|16 1997
Joetex Frimpong El-kanemi 16 2002
Victor Ezeji Dolphins Fc 16 2002
Olumide Harris Shooting stars 14 1994
Emmanuel Agbo. Iwuayanwu/N.14 1999
Peter Ijeh. Juslius Berger 14 2000
Abubakar Babale Wikki tourist/Sunshine star14 2007/08
Tony Nwigwe. Iwuayanwu/N. 13 1993
Eddie Dombraiye Iwanyanwu/N. 13 1998
Uche Okereke. Enugu Rangers 13 2001
Kabiru Alausa. Julius Berger 13 2004

Credit: BlackBoxNigeria

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