Ahmed Usman, a former Almajiri (street kid) who won the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 24 VAT Wonder Goal award has nominated a youth rehabilitation centre in Bauchi as his preferred charity and went on to describe the award as the high point of his season at Wikki Tourists. The player popularly called Manu expressed the hope that the recognition will motivate him to achieve more in his career.
In line with the charity theme of the award instituted by the League Management Company (LMC) the player nominated Mallam Kawu Youth Rehabilitation and Orphanage Centre in Bauchi to be the beneficiary of 50 per cent of the prize money.
“I chose Mallam Kawu because it is a centre that gives the orphans the Almajiri system of education. I was an Almajiri myself and this is why I still identify with them. I hope my donation will help take care of those orphans,” Usman told www.npfl.ng.
It has been a long lane to honours for Usman whose football path has led him through local clubs in Bauchi including Zabgai FC and Yankari FC but he reserved a huge appreciation for Wikki’s new coach, Bala Nikyu for granting him more playing time on the pitch than he had ever had previously.
Usman has four goals to his name so far this term but the Matchday 24 goal against Niger Tornadoes in a 3-1 win for the Tourists has had him in national focus and the player said shortly after the ceremonial presentation of the N150,000 prize money the goal which was his second of the season will mark the beginning for more.
“I feel so happy for winning the VAT Wonder Goal award. That was my second goal of the season and I hope it will be the beginning of good things to come for me as a player,” said Usman who had since doubled that tally in four other games.
While dedicating the award to his teammates and club supporters, the forward promised to do more to help the team strengthen their quest to retain a place in the NPFL. And to his coach, he expressed gratitude for allowing him a free role to express himself and providing the tutorial that has boosted his confidence on the pitch and improved his game.
“I wouldn’t have achieved this award without the support of my teammates and our fans. I dedicate this award to them.
“I also thank coach Nikiyu. He has always told me to be adventurous especially whenever I am in the box, that I should try and penetrate and that if my effort does not go inside the net, somebody will be there to finish it.
“I am enjoying this moment. It is my high point of the season so far and I hope to do more,” he promised.
The VAT Wonder Goal is supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) to promote tax education and enrich club-community engagement.