Shooting Stars attacking midfielder Joshua Akpan and his rival in Remo Stars Samuel Anakwe are leading in the race to grab the top scorers award of the 10th edition of the Optima Energy Gold Cup.
Akpan and Anakwe both have four (4) quality goals each after they bagged a hat trick and a goal respectively.
Akpan was first to hit three goals in the Oluyole Warrior’s 4-1 thrashing of Beyond Limits on Matchday One at the FC Ebedei Stadium.
The midfielder got two goals from two free-kicks and added another via penalty. He was also the unsung hero against FC Ebedei.
Anakwe on his part scored three of his goals from open play in the 4-2 flogging of their Ogun State derby rivals, Gateway United and one in the win against Hammola FC.
On their tail are Shooting Stars Samuel Ayankinde and Remo Stars Captain Fantastic’ Nduka Junior, as they are two goals each.
Meanwhile, the Taiwo Ogunjobi Foundation will gift cash rewards and plaques to the top scorer and Most Valuable Player(MVP) of the Optima Energy Gold Cup.
Olanrewaju Ogunjobi, one of the sons of former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) late Taiwo Ogunjobi in the statement said: “We are proud to be part of the tourney as it has set the standard for other preseason tournaments in Nigeria.
“It’s our delight that the tourney which has a meaningful mark of our father is in its 10th edition.
“On our part, and in memory of our father, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi ‘Skippo’, the Taiwo Ogunjobi Foundation will reward the top scorer and Most Valuable Player(MVP) of this year’s Optima Energy Gold Cup with cash sums and plaques.”