Obakimi, Oliseh in a tight race to become 2019 Top Scorer
Dannaz FC forward, Joshua Obakimi, and Olisemeka Esumeh of the Raineri Ghosts are currently in a rat race for who will win the Bet9jaSociaLiga top scorer award.
Both players were on six goals apiece this season (going into the rescheduled SociaLigaMD7 matches on October 6) after scoring for their respective clubs on SociaLigaMD8.
Dannaz’s number 9, Obakimi scored a brace as the defending champions defeated Alimosho FC 2-0 on SLMD8 to reach yet another playoff.
For Raineri’s star, Oliseh, he showed once again why he is one of the most accomplished strikers in the division when he scored a fierce effort from outside the box to lead the Ghosts to a 2-1 win over the Citizens FC also on SLMD8.
The duo were expected to be in action again that Sunday (for the rescheduled games) as their teams took to the Legacy Pitch in Surulere for the last time this season.
Dannaz and Raineri battled same opponents, Gun FC. While Oliseh and Raineri faced the BulletBoys in the first game, the Cedars and Obakimi battled the Guns in the last game of SLMD7.
However, the Ghosts were without their top scorer, Oliseh, and thanks to the finest of margins, Obakimi fully took advantage to take a one-goal lead.
Obakimi scored the opening goal of the day for Dannaz in their 0-2 win over Guns to finish top of the league, while Oliseh was not missed at all as Raineri booked a playoff spot with a similar scoreline against the BulletBoys.
Therefore, Obakimi now leads the net bursters chart on seven (7) goals, which sees him finish the regular season as the top scorer for the first time, seeing off competition from last season winner, Oliseh, by just a lone goal.
With Obakimi and Oliseh are clearly in a league of their own since last season, there are a number of players on the chart, but only one of them still has a realistic chance of catching up with the duo at the end of season.
That player is of course Saints FC striker, Adiro Olayinka, who is the third-highest scorer this campaign on four (4) goals.
Adiro’s goals came against two teams, Alimosho FC and All Black FC, after he netted a brace against each of the two teams on MD1 and MD7 respectively.
Another player who can still give Obakimi, Oliseh and Adiro a real chase is the latter’s club teammate at Saints, Onifade Babatunde.
Babatunde is currently just a goal behind Adiro and could do wonders in the playoffs where they face Oliseh’s Raineri.
Also, worthy mentions are the trio of Salau Opeyemi aka Clanzee (Cubs), the Royals duo of Edgar Anyalogu and Chike Ikeche aka Chizzy.
The season has however ended in tears for the trio as their respective clubs failed to make it beyond the regular season.
Who do you think will score the most goals at the end of the season?