Pillars Attacker Junior Lokosa says he hopes his story motivates aspiring footballers and even NPFL players after he picked up a ₦3.8 million cheque for finishing as top scorer of the 2018 NPFL season. Lokosa scored 19 goals in 24 league matches last season and set a record of the most goals scored half way through.
Kano Pillars striker Junior Lokosa may not have smashed the NPFL all-time goals record, but he has now been rewarded by chemical company Eunisell with 200,000 Naira for each of the 19 goals he scored before the season was called off. According to Eunisell Group Managing Director, Chika Ikenga, Lokosa, will receive N3.8 million and a ‘Boot’ as winner of the inaugural ‘Eunisell Boot’, awarded to the top scorer in Nigeria’s premier league. “Lokosa scored an impressive 19 goals during the 2017/18 season – each goal is worth N200,000 and is well deserved” Ikenga said.
In his remarks, the Kano Pillars player said he started the season without a specific goals target, but insists he knew he needed to work hard to stay at a top side like Pillars. The same season he earned his first national invitation and debuted in the friendly against DR Congo in June. With the award, Eunisell has created a milestone in Nigerian football.
‘At the end of the day, none of these was planned, I thank Eunisell for the recognition, and more so that this will inspire any kid looking up to becoming a professional footballer. I’m sure this gesture by Eunisell will surely inspire players in the NPFL to want to step up the plate, definitely,’ said Lokosa.
Instituted by leading global chemical and specialty fluid management company, Eunisell, the award celebrates the NPFL hotshot. Speaking on the award, Eunisell Group Managing Director, Chika Ikenga, said: “Eunisell is passionate about Nigerian football. We believe Nigerian players deserve to be celebrated.
“Our objective is to reward those who go beyond the ordinary to excel. We are proud of Junior Lokosa”.
Lokosa scored 19 goals to finish as top scorer during the 2017/18 season. The Eunisell Boot, which is the biggest in the domestic league, seeks to make players more competitive and boost the profile of the domestic league. With each goal valued at N200,000 by Eunisell, Lokosa received the sum of N3.8million and a special trophy.