Okpotu sets triple hat-trick record


By JOHN PAUL NNAMDI

 


King of Hattricks... Tony Okpotu

 

Lobi Stars all-time scorer, Tony Okpotu, Sunday scored his third hat-trick this term against El-Kanemi Warriors to earn a place in the history books as the first player to score triple hat-tricks in a season, in Nigeria.

Amazingly, Okpotu fondly called ‘The Panther’ fired his hat-trick in just 35 minutes.

The former junior international scored on 11th, 20th and 46th minutes respectively to raise the bar after equaling Emem Eduok’s double hat-trick record set against Nembe City, in 2014.

“I feel very happy to be the first player in Nigeria to score three hat-tricks in a season. With three matches to go, I’ll target another hat-trick.

“Credit to my coaches, teammates and fans at Lobi Stars for this record. We achieved it together,” he said to naijaleaguez.com.ng

Okpotu scored his first hat-trick against Sunshine Stars and added another hat-trick against MFM before his feat on Sunday against El-Kanemi Warriors.

Sunday’s hat-trick also took his season’s tally to 17, one behind leading top scorer, Stephen Odey and his all-time tally in Lobi Stars’ colours to 68 goals.

 

 
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