Lille Metropole of France striker, Victor Osimhen has shied away from taking personal glory for his double strike and two assists that helped the Super Eagles beat Lesotho 4-2 on Sunday, as he says the entire the team put up a great performance during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Maseru, megasportsarena.com reports.
Although the former VfL Wolfsburg of Germany and Sporting Charleroi of Belgium youngster admitted he was excited to net twice for the first time at senior level, Osimhen went on to give thanks to his teammates and God, while also hinting that he is determined to put in more efforts to keep shinning for the country.
Osimhen was the undisputed man of the match, in a fixture that saw Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr made two changes to the starting line-up that beat Benin Republic in Uyo five days earlier, with Moses Simon and Chidozie Awaziem replacing Samuel Kalu and Jamilu Collins respectively.
Dramatically, though, Lesotho took the lead against the run of play when Masoabi NkotO took advantage of some lax Nigeria defending to put the hosts ahead after eleven minutes following a cross from the left channel.
However, the lead would only last till the 26th minute when Osimhen led the Eagles’ press, charging down the right after to set up Alex Iwobi who slotted home from close range, as the duo of Chukwueze and Osimhen looked particularly dangerous on the break and alongside Moses Simon, who tested goalkeeper Ntsane Lichaba with a ferocious drive from a free-kick.
On the 36th minute, Osimhen was at it again when he found space to ping in a lob which Chukwueze got on the end of to beat Lichaba with a good header.
The Lille striker was proving too difficult to handle for The Crocodiles, as he would yet threaten after the break when he rattled the cross bar with a shot.
He will then get his goal deep into the game when Ola Aina broke free from the right flank to play him in for a neat finish and take the game to 3-1.
Osimhen made it 4-1 on the 84th minute mark when impressive second half substitute Ramon Azeez shrugged off his marker to find the long-limbed front man who rounded Lichaba to grab his brace as Nigeria looked all but set to close out 2019 in style.
But there was still time for the charitable Eagles to gift Lesotho another goal deep into stoppage time, as the hosts tried to save face with some last minute press, and Awaziem put the ball into his own net, but Osimhen refrained fgrom pouring blame on any of his teammates.
The youngster, who cut his teeth playing grassroots football in Olusosun area of Ojota, Lagos and has now netted four goals since his Eagles debut two years ago, took to social media to hail all his colleagues for a job well done, even as he declared that are moving on to the next level.
Osimhen posted: “Great game/performance from the whole squad&very happy to get 2 goals and 2 assists✊GOD is the greatest;we move✊ @thenff ng_supereagles.”