Match Day 24 recorded a rich harvest of 27 goals, six from the penalty spot, but the strikes from Ahmad Usman of Wikki Tourists, Andrew Ikefe of Niger Tornadoes and Musa Suleman of Katsina United made it through to the shortlist of three nominees for VAT Wonder Goal number 5.
Ahmad Usman netted twice, 10 minutes apart in the 3-1 defeat of Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi by hosts, Wikki Tourists, and one his goals was near solo effort.
Operating from the left side of attack, Ahmed had picked up the pass from a teammate just after the half line, raced down the left flank beaten two markers, cut back inside the box to release a right footed whip of the ball inside a crowded box to shake the back of the net.
It was a strike that the El-Kanemi goalkeeper clueless.
In that same fixture in Bauchi, where Wikki Tourists ran home with a 3-1 defeat of Niger Tornadoes, it was Andrew Ikefe who got the consolation goal on the 47th minute, smashing home from the edge of the box.
Several efforts at clearing their box had failed and the ball fell to an on-rushing Ikefe who steadied his balance with the left foot to hit a low shot with the right.
El-Kanemi Warriors were humbled 3-0 in Katsina and Suleiman netted two of the three.
His first coming as early as within the 60 seconds from kick-off from a simple flick the ball from close range over the raised hands of the goalkeeper.
He would later score from the penalty spot.
Video clips of the goals are now up on the website of the Nigeria Professional Football League, www.npfl.ng, and the Twitter handle, @lmcnpfl, for fans to vote their preferred goal from June 21 to midnight of June 24.
The VAT Wonder Goal Award attracts a cash prize of N150,000 for the winner with half of the money donated to a Charity to be nominated by the player within the state where the club is located.
It is supported by the Federal Inland Revenue Services to promote club-community relationship and also create awareness for tax education.
– Bowale Odutola