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AFC: potential contenders for the golden boot award

Following the completion of the round of 16 line-ups for the ACL East competition, some goalscorers started to emerge as contenders for the golden boot award.

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AFC: potential contenders for the golden boot award
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The AFC official website shed light on the ACL potential candidates who may join the race for the golden boot award to compete with Al-Nassr's Abdurazzak Hamdullah who already has seven goals in the ACL (west) competition.

Although his team saw off the competition in the semi-final at the hands of Iranian Persepolis who has secured a spot in the final game, the Moroccan striker managed to find the back of the net seven times before Al-Nassr's exit.

Yoon Bit-Garam (Ulsan Hyundai) – 4 goals:

The 30-years old midfielder has delivered impressive performances scoring and providing assists for his teammates. Bit-Garam bagged 4 goals in 4 appearances playing a crucial role in his team’s qualification to the last 16 round.

Ado Onaiwu (Yokohama F. Marinos) – 4 goals:

Sin tituloYokohama's forward Ado Onaiwu (R) is marked by Sydney's defender Rhyan Grant during the AFC Champions League group H football match between Australia's Sydney FC and Japan's Yokohama F. Marinos on December 4, 2020 at the al-Janoub Stadium in the Qatari city of Al Wakrah. (Photo by - / AFP)

Despite not being a regular starter recently, Onaiwu announced himself as a prominent finisher in the competition as he scored a brace on matchday 2 against Sydney FC, and managed to retain his fine form when the tournament resumed in Qatar as he scored against Shanghai SIPG and against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors after he was subbed on.

A Lan (Beijing FC) and Teruhito Nakagawa (Yokohama F. Marinos) 3 goals:

Sin titulo(Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)

Bejing FC Brazilian striker has made a significant impact since joining the team on loan last July as he contributed to his club's record 16 points haul earned during the group stage.

Yokohama F. Marinos  Nakagawa who significantly helped his team snatch last season's league title also has three goals to his name in ACL competition after scoring twice against Sydney FC in Japan before adding another goal to his tally against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors last Tuesday. The 28-year-old is expected to be among the golden boot award contenders should his team go further in the competition.