Lobi Star’s Anthony Okpotu on Saturday emerged as the third recipient of the Rashidi Yekini Golden Boot award.  

Okpotu who was the highest goal scorer of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season also received a cheque of N.1m for his effort in the outgone season from the Rashidi Yekini Foundation.

Before Okpotu, former Warri Wolves striker, Gbolahan Salami and ex-Wikki Tourists forward, Godwin Obaje were the proud winners of the award which is instituted in honour of the late Super Eagles striker, Yekini.

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Speaking after receiving the award, Okpotu eulogized the late Yekini who he admits might be a tough task to overtake but he also stated that he is fired up to score more than the 19 goals he netted last season.

“Yekini to me is a living legend who makes goal scoring easier during his playing days. I didn’t have the opportunity of watching him as a player, but for YouTube, where I was able to watch him in action.

“He remains Nigeria's all-time highest goal scorer, but we have not celebrated him the way it should be. I thank the organisers for initiating this award that has served as a platform to celebrate this soccer hero every year.

“I am happy to win this award and I want to do more next season. This is a challenge and I hope to score more than 19 goals next season God willing,” said Okpotu, who is the first player in the Nigeria League to score three hat tricks within a season.

Anthony Okpotu

Chairman of the Rashidi Yekini Foundation, Barrister Jubril Mohammed, expressed joy at the recognition accorded the late African Footballer of the Year by the turn out of people at Saturday’s award ceremony.

Among those present at Saturday’s award presentation ceremony held at the Liberty Stadium in Ibadan were the daughter of the late football legend, Yemi and her mother among many other dignitaries.

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