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NPFL Golden Boot award excites Chijioke Mbaoma

NPFL Golden Boot award excites Chijioke Mbaoma

Chijioke Mbaoma has expressed his excitement after clinching the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) top scorer award for the 2023/24 season with 17 goals to win the Golden Boot.

The Enyimba FC striker speaking with the club’s website, described the achievement as a dream come true.

Mbaoma sealed his golden boot triumph on the final day of the season, scoring the opener in Enyimba’s 2-0 victory over Plateau United in Aba on Sunday. The win not only secured Enyimba the third spot in the league but also booked their place in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup.

“I feel excited,” Mbaoma jubilantly declared after the match. “It was always my dream winning the highest goalscorer award, and I achieved it today (Sunday).”

The former Heartland FC goal poacher narrowly beat Remo Stars’ Sikiru Alimi, who finished second with 15 goals, to claim the prestigious award.

Expressing his gratitude, Mbaoma said, “I thank God for my team and I thank God for everything. I really appreciate my team for the effort and support they gave me. They played for me. Even when I was down, they encouraged me to keep going that I will make it. Here I am today. I thank God for everything.”

Despite his ultimate success, Mbaoma’s path to the golden boot wasn’t without challenges. In the final match, he missed several scoring opportunities before finally netting his 17th goal of the season in the 78th minute.

Chijioke Mbaoma wins NPFL Golden Boot

“I was very worried at some point that the goals were not coming,” he admitted. “But you know it is football where you miss chances and also score. So, I’m glad I scored the most important goal.”

The striker’s joy was twofold, as his goal not only secured his individual accolade but also helped his team qualify for continental competition. “I felt relieved to help my team secure the continental ticket. I feel great,” Mbaoma concluded, reflecting on his successful season.

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