The lockdown has meant that the race for this year’s Eunisell Boot remains under wraps, though the battle for the biggest individual prize in Nigeria’s top division is expected to resume soon.This season, strikers in the Nigeria Professional Football League are proving to be prolific in front of goal. With the season just past the halfway mark, four players are already in double figures so far and the projection is that one of them could reach the 20-goal mark.The most goals in a season in the NPFL still stands at 23, a feat which was achieved by a former winner of the Eunisell Boot, Mfon Udoh, six years ago.However, the field for this season throws up different contenders, with Rangers forward, Israel Abia, the frontrunner with 12 goals.On his heels are Ndifreke Effiong of Akwa United, Auwalu Ali of Kano Pillars and Plateau United’s Ibrahim Mustapha on 11 goals apiece, while Enyimba’s Victor Mbaoma is on nine goals.Top league writer, Fisayo Dairo, believes only three of the five players are frontrunners in the Eunisell Boot race. Dairo picks Abia, Effiong and Mbaoma ahead of others and posits that Abia looks likely to reach 20 goals this term.He said: “The front runners for me will be the trio of Israel Abia, Ndifreke Effiong and Victor Mbaoma.“Abia because he was already settling in perfectly at Rangers and scored twice in his last game.“The unfortunate death of Ifeanyi George also avails him the chance to play all games.“So you can fancy him to get up to eight goals in the remaining 14 matches for Rangers. “Ndifreke Effiong also because he seems to have mastered how to score in the nooks and crannies of the league.“Having to play with a forward together, sometimes Akarandut Orok or Saidu Salisu, has also helped him to do less physical work and concentrate on finishing.“For Mbaoma, Enyimba have now gelled under Fatai Osho, his manager when he was one of the top scorers three years ago.“I believe with the number of chances that Enyimba create each game, especially from someone like Cyril Olisema, Mbaoma and Dimgba will still score plenty more goals before the season ends.”RelatedPosts NPFL: Coach Dogo leaves Sunshine Stars NFF sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table Ex-Eagles’ keeper joins Kwara United However, Auwalu cannot be dismissed as making up the number.He has been Kano Pillars’ mainstay for goals – scoring five in his last three matches before the lockdown.Mustapha has also thrown his hat in the ring, scoring thrice in his last two matches for Plateau United following about a month’s spell without a goal.With the League Management Company a few days ago stating its plans to restart the top division and run it within six to eight weeks following the lockdown by the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the battle to claim the Eunisell Boot this year will take shape as the run-in to the season looms.TOP-FIVE EUNISELL BOOT SCORERS12 GOALS Israel Abia (Rangers)11 GOALS Ndifreke Effiong (Akwa United) Auwalu Ali (Kano Pillars) Ibrahim Mustapha (Plateau United)9 GOALS Victor Mbaoma (Enyimba).Tags: Eunisell BootGoal Scoringnpfl
MASON CITY — A district judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the superintendent, the current human resources director and the school board president of the Mason City Community School District, but a former employee’s claims of discrimination and retaliation against the entire school district will move forward.Former human resources director Jodie Anderson filed the lawsuit last July against the school district, superintendent Dave Versteeg, board president Jodi Draper and human resources director Tom Drzycimski. Anderson, who served the school district between July 2015 and when she resigned in June 2017, claims she complained about the school district paying male employees more than female employees, and that there was retaliation against her.Anderson asked to have Drzycimski removed from the lawsuit last September, and now District Judge DeDra Schroeder has ruled that Versteeg and Draper are dismissed as defendants in the lawsuit. Schroeder in her ruling says that Versteeg was not hired by the district until a month after Anderson’s resignation, and Draper as an individual member of the school board cannot be held liable for the actions of the school board as a whole.A trial date for Anderson’s lawsuit against the school district has not been set.