The League Management Company (LMC) have declared Ibrahim Sunusi of Nasarawa United as the top scorer in the just concluded abridged Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
It will be noted that Sunusi tied with Akwa United’s Mfon Udoh on ten goals at the completion of matches going into the Championship Playoff (Super Six) to determine the season’s eventual champions.
The LMC decided to declare Sunusi the top scorer of the season by relying on the provisions in Rule A9.4, A9.5-2 which stipulated considerations to choose the lead scorer in the event of a tie of two or more players.
Should more than one player finish the regular season on the same amount of goals, goals scored from the penalty spot is the first consideration, and disciplinary record is the second.
“From our records, Ibrahim Sunusi of Nasarawa United and Mfon Udoh of Akwa United have 10 goals to their credit but the Framework and Rules of the NPFL made provisions for determining the top scorer should there be a tie as has happened,” Chief Operating Officer of the LMC, Salihu Abubakar told the press.
“We have considered the provisions, including Rule A9.4, which prescribed that the player that scored the highest number of goals at the end of the season shall be declared as highest goal scorer.
“We have ascertained from the records that both players scored twice for their respective clubs from the penalty spot which led us to the next consideration in Rule A9.5.2, which states that the player with the better disciplinary records in terms of the least number of caution and expulsion cards will be declared as highest goal scorer for the season.”
Disciplinary records which is the second consideration to break a tie favoured Sunusi as he only bagged a yellow card all through the season as against two recorded for Udoh.