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Bang! Bang! Bang! Remo Stars’ Sikiru Alimi and Bayelsa United’s Robert Mizo lead race for Nigeria’s Golden Boot

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With the conclusion of 108 matches of the projected 110 fixtures in the Nigeria Premier League, the golden boot race has been narrowed to a two-horse race.

Remo Stars Sikiru Alimi and Robert Christian Mizode of Bayelsa United are currently the joint top scorers as each has put in nine goals of their respective clubs.

With just two fixtures outstanding, the 108 matches have produced 215 goals. Mizo as he is popularly called by Bayelsa United fans narrowly missed out on the golden boot last season to Enyimba’s Emeka Mbaoma.

In other stats released by the NPFL Competitions Department, 79 wins have been recorded with 73 registered by home sides while six wins were on the road and 29 draws.

The season has so far recorded a total of 215 goals, an average of over 2 goals per match. Of the lot, 151 goals were scored by the home teams and 64 by the traveling teams.

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Referees have awarded a total of 16 penalties and while 12 were scored, the rest four were missed. There has been seven own goals out of the 215 scored.

In the course of the 108 fixtures, a total of 407 cautions have been issued by Referees with 11 players expelled from games.

After MatchDay 11 games during which Rivers United missed two due to international club competition fixtures, Remo Stars lead on the log with 22 points, 17 goals for and nine against to have a plus eight goals surplus. The Ikenne side have equally proven to be the most prolific, banging in 17 goals.

With just five goals conceded so far, Doma United and Bendel Insurance parade the best defensive walls. On the other hand, Bayelsa United has the worst defence, shipping in 20 goals.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.