Former Rivers United forward, Chijioke Akuneto on Wednesday received the prestigious Eunisell Boot Award for emerging as highest goal scorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) last term.
Akuneto scored 19 goals to beat other contenders to the award sponsored by West Africa’s largest independent chemical as well as oil and gas engineering solutions company, Eunisell.
The Eunisell Boot was instituted by the company in 2018 to celebrate players in the domestic league and boost the involvement of corporate Nigeria in the growth of the domestic league.
Former Kano Pillars forward, Junior Lokosa was the recipient of the award in its inaugural edition in 2018.
Eunisell presented top scorer's trophy to @RiversUnitedFC forward Chijioke Akuneto.— Wale Mustapha (@Kindwale101) September 14, 2022
Akuneto scored 19 goals to emerge top scorer of #NPFL22
The forward has also promised to increase the figure in the coming season. pic.twitter.com/X1FUhvQgGw
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For his feat in the 2021/2022 NPFL season, Akuneto received the Eunisell Boot and a sum of N3.8 million as
Eunisell placed a premium value of N200,000 per goal.
Speaking during the award presentation, Eunisell Group Managing Director, Chika Ikenga, represented by Manager, Corporate Finance, Kenneth Okeiyi, said: “Eunisell remains committed to sponsoring the Boot Award for players in the NPFL. It is our desire to inspire,
recognize and celebrate the players.
“In addition, Eunisell believes the NPFL can develop into a top class league. We are proud of the players.”
An excited Akuneto, who was accompanied by his wife, Temitope, applauded Eunisell for recognizing players in the NPFL and expressed appreciation to his coaches as well as teammates at Rivers United.
“I was inspired by the feat of my former teammate, Stephen Odey and a former winner of the award, Silas Nwankwo, who is my friend.
“I appreciate my Coach, Stanley Eguma and teammates who all contributed to my success. The Eunisell Boot is a challenge to do more,” he stated.
Akuneto already has a goal to his credit in the colours of Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
The Eunisell Boot presentation ceremony was also attended by External Solicitor (AK & Co. Solicitors), Mr. Ajibola Edwards, Head, International Business Eunisell, Mr. Iain Fraser, Tech Sales Manager, (Production Solutions), Gregg Harrison as well as MD/CEO MatchRoom Sports and Media Limited, Mr. Ojeikere Glover Aikhoje.