Rashidi Yekini Award Fires Up NPFL Goal King, Okpotu - FCNaija

NPFL By: Ayodeji Tunde | 22/10/2017

Lobi Star’s Anthony Okpotu on Saturday said he would do his best to score more than 19 goals in the upcoming season having emerged as the third recipient of the Rashidi Yekini Golden Boot award  

Okpotu who was the highest goal scorer of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season also received a cheque of N.1m for his effort in the outgone season from the Rashidi Yekini Foundation.

Before Okpotu, former Warri Wolves striker, Gbolahan Salami and ex-Wikki Tourists forward, Godwin Obaje were the proud winners of the award which is instituted in honour of the late Super Eagles striker, Yekini.

Speaking after receiving the award, Okpotu eulogized the late Yekini and also said he is now on his toes to do more as far as scoring goals is concerned.

“I am happy to win this award and I want to do more next season. This is a challenge and I hope to score more than 19 goals next season God willing,” said Okpotu, who is the first player in the Nigeria League to score three hat-tricks within a season.

Chairman of the Rashidi Yekini Foundation, Barrister Jubril Mohammed, expressed joy at the recognition accorded the late African Footballer of the Year by the turn out of people at Saturday’s award ceremony.

Among those present at Saturday’s award presentation ceremony held at the Liberty Stadium in Ibadan were the daughter of the late football legend Yemi and her mother among many other dignitaries.