Chijioke Mbaoma: Enyimba Striker Eyes NPFL Golden Boot Ahead of Sikiru Alimi

Chijioke Mbaoma: Enyimba Striker Eyes NPFL Golden Boot Ahead of Sikiru Alimi

Babajide Orevba
June 23, 2024 at 6:58 AM
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  • Chijioke Mbaoma has set his sights on the 2023/2024 Nigeria Professional Football League Golden Boot ahead of Sikiru Alimi
  • The 21-year-old, who has 16 goals so far in the campaign, believes his goals will also ensure Enyimba pick up a continental ticket
  • Sikiru Alimi, who has 15 goals already this season, also looks good for the prestigious prize as Remo Stars also chase a continental ticket

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Ahead of the final match of the 2023/2024 Nigeria Professional Football League, Enyimba forward Chijioke Mbaoma believes he will seal the golden boot ahead of his nearest challenger.

With 16 goals so far in the campaign, Mbaoma believes he should win the prestigious prize ahead of Sikiru Alimi of Remo Stars, who has 15 goals.

Eunisell, an oil and gas company, sponsors the NPFL Golden Boot Award, with each goal by the winner valued at N200,000.

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Enyimba eye continental ticket as they host Plateau United on the final match day of the 2023/2024 NPFL season. Photo Credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei.
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Over the course of the season, Alimi has continued to trail Mbaoma in the race for the Golden Boot, and now only one goal separates the pair.

Further, Enyimba and Remo are also separated by just two points on the table, and both teams seek victory in their final matches to pick up continental tickets.

Going into the final match of the campaign, Enyimba, who are third on the table with 60 points host fourth-placed Plateau United in Aba.

Second-placed Remo Stars host Katsina United in Ikenne as both sides battle for CAF competitions next season.

In a chat with Punch, Mbaoma hopes his goals can seal the ticket for the Peoples Elephants. He said:

“First of all, it is the last game of the season, and it’s like a final for us.
"Thankfully, we are playing a home game, and I am confident that I will seal it the NPFL Golden Boot.
“The target of goals I set was far more than this, but I appreciate the ones I have and I believe it will be wrapped up on Sunday (today).”

The final matches of the 2023/2024 season will be played simultaneously across all centres at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 23. Fans can also watch the matches live on StarTimes or the NPFL app.

Rangers crowned NPFL champions

Sports Brief earlier reported that Enugu Rangers have won the 2023/24 title with one game to spare.

Rangers clinched the title after defeating Bendel Insurance 2-0 in Enugu on Sunday, June 16.

Fidelis Ikechukwu's team have 67 points from 37 matches and edged Enyimba and Remo Stars to the title.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.