By Abiola Shodiya

Last season’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) top scorer and present signing sensation, Godwin Obaje, has named Manchester United’s forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic his football idol.

Little wonder he plays and scores like the Swedish legend.

Godwin Obaje is today the highest paid player in the NPFL after he penned a 2 million naira monthly salary with FC Ifeanyi Ubah. Obaje was lured back to the country with the whopping salary after he was set to join Tunisian club.

Speaking with, Obaje reiterated his desire to retain the NPFL top scorer’s gong.

“As I always say, there’s no specific target; I just want to score as much goals as possible, emerge top scorer and help my team”, Obaje quipped.

He continued:

“Sometimes when you are the top scorer, all eyes will be on you. I know that my scoring will come naturally. I don’t rush things. Sometimes in football, to score is very hard. It just won’t come”.

The NPFL’s last season’s top scorer also had some praises for his elder brother, Joshua Obaje who plays for Plateau United.

“Joshua is more than a brother to me, because he really encouraged me when I started my football career. When he was playing for the big teams while I was playing academy football, he always bought me boots and jerseys. I am really grateful to him because he supported me a lot”.

Godwin Obaje also gave us a brief insight into how he started his football career before becoming the highest earning player in the NPFL today.

“Before my professional career, after my secondary school education, due to my background, I told my dad I wanted to play football because there was no money to further my education. I played for Federal Road Safety Corps in Abuja. That was my first club before moving to Mighty Jets of Jos.”

“It was at Mighty Jets I was spotted at our training by someone who then introduced me to Coach Maikaba and I went for screening. That was my first season in the NPFL and I scored 7 goals, although I did not finish the season because I traveled to Slovakia before coming back. Last season, I told myself I would do better and my coach encouraged me, he took me for extra trainings because he knew my abilities. I thank God that everything has worked out”.

About his idol and style of play, Godwin Obaje revealed to the player that inspires him.

“My idol is Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Most people say I play like him and they call me the nickname ‘Zlatan’”.

The onus now rests on Godwin Obaje to replicate the devastating form he showed in the NPFL last season, as well as taking his new club to greater heights, especially after signing the mega deal which makes him the highest paid player in the league.


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