Salami Hits 17 Goals To Emerge Glo NPL Top Scorer

Gbolahan Salami scored twice to emerge as the Glo Premier League top scorer for the 2014/15 season with a total of 17 goals as Warri Wolves hammered FC Taraba 5-1 in the final match of the season, reports

The Matchday 38 match which was decided at the Warri Township Stadium on Monday morning after a torrential downpour forced a postponement on Sunday afternoon saw Salami scoring the first and last goals in the one-sided encounter.

Wolves started with early signs of the scoreline we should expect when Sikiru Alimi busted into space in the box before crossing for Osadiaye whose volley was cleared off the goal line.

Wolves got their noses in front on 13 minutes when Salami converted from the penalty spot after he was felled by Lucky Erimuya. Wolves however conceded a shock equalizer four minutes later. Wolves defender Uche Ossai diverted Konan Boris’s cross into his own net. It was the first and last goal Wolves would concede in Warri in the second half of the season.

Wolves were stung into action by the equalizer and almost went back in front almost immediately but the inspired Ikechukwu Obilo denied Joseph Osadiaye. Scores remained even till the end of the first half despite Wolves creating numerous scoring chances.

On resumption of play in the second half, Wolves continued in the ascendancy but remained on level terms due to a combination of excellent saves by Obilo and poor marksmanship. The second goal however came just before the hour mark when Abu Azeez turned his marker before firing beyond Obilo at his near post.

Wolves completed their opponents’ top flight misery with a blitz of three goals in the final ten minutes of the encounter. Ichull Lordson side footed home on his weaker left foot before Freedom Omofoman scored after a scramble three minutes from time.

There was however still time for the historic moment when Wolves were awarded a spot kick after Salami was fouled again inside the penalty area. Salami picked himself up once again and chose the same spot as the first penalty but Obilo guessed right, diving to his right to push it on to the post. Salami was not to be denied though as the post returned the ball kindly to him as he buried home with his left foot.

His brace ensured he finished the season with 17 goals, one more than Sunshine’s Tunde Adeniji.

Wolves meanwhile confirmed their second position spot with 66 points, earning a berth in next season’s CAF Champions League alongside league winners Enyimba.

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