Hot shots in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will now resume earning extra weekly cash as the League Management Company (LMC) and the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) have extended the community engagement program, ‘VAT Wonder Goal.’
Relaunched last season on the platform of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) the VAT Wonder Goal series is part of national tax education exercise and a design for footballers to contribute to the social development of their communities by giving to the less privileged.
The LMC had introduced the Wonder Goal midseason of the 2015/16 season to build affinity between players, their clubs and their community of domicile. It aimed amongst other objectives to create an engagement channel between the clubs and their immediate communities through charity work by players who win the award.
The initiative won the support of the FIRS last season and ran from Match Day 20 to the end of the season with players from different clubs emerging winners and nominating charity organizations that received cash donations.
“This is to convey the approval of the League Management Company (LMC) for the extension of the partnership with Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) for the amplification of the national Tax Education campaign on the platform of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)”, Shehu Dikko, the LMC Chairman wrote in a letter to FIRS confirming the league’s satisfaction with the partnership.
The partnership offers the NPFL as a platform for FIRS to engage the football community on the benefits of paying taxes and other government charges such as the Value Added Tax (VAT). Messages encouraging citizens to know and discharge their tax obligations would be displayed at match venues and FIRS officials could distribute fliers to fans during matches.
Video of goals scored during a specific match day will be uploaded on the NPFL website, www.npfl.ng, facebook, twitter and youtube accounts for fans to vote the most exciting and intelligently executed goal. The player whose goal attracts the highest number of votes wins the award and will be presented monetary reward, 50% of which is to be invested in a Charity of the player’s choice within the city the club is located.
Dikko also announced that the prize money remains N150,000 out of which the player will invest N75,000 on the selected Charity.
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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website www.sportstalkafrica.com besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.