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Osimhen: It Won’t Be Easy To Emulate Ighalo

Osimhen: It Won’t Be Easy To Emulate Ighalo

Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen has admitted that it will be hard for him to emulate his former teammate Odion Ighalo.

Ighalo retired from international football after featuring for the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt where he emerged as the competition’s top scorer.


Osimhen, who featured in only one game at the competition is now the team’s striker and has make big impact at French Ligue 1 club Lille this season.

The 21-year-old however believes it will be difficult to emulate his compatriot.

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“He has shut the mouth of the critics, I am really happy. He is so amazing,” said Osimhen in an Instagram conversation with the Super Eagles media team.

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“Everything that he has done for the national team, it will be difficult before I will fill in his shoes or even to surpass him will take a lot of time.

Osimhen, 21, is widely considered to be the next Nigeria superstar after a number of impress performance for club and country.

“The kind of player that endures such criticism – from the World Cup, national team. He did well to qualify us, for me he’s already a legend,” he added.

“Ighalo is there and will continue to be there because he’s done so well not just in football.”

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  • Oluwafemi 1 year ago

    With the kind of the developments Victor Osimhen has had, considering his exploits right from U-17, U-20, U-23, at club levels as well as his stint at the Super Eagles so far, he can even surpass Odion Jude Ighalo’s brilliant career.

    Osimhen has pace, power and dribbles less. His prowess, hunger, coupled with such an eagle’s eyes for, he’ll be unstoppable towards an intimidating career

  • presh 1 year ago

    My friend go and better yourself and surpass Rashidi Yekini, you should be aiming high,and stop limiting your potentials, Yekini is the king, go and dream. Igahlo tried, and you should better him.

    • Abdul 1 year ago

      I really don’t undertand. This guy was just trying to be humble in all senses. I’m very sure he knows what he is capable of doing. It would have been so arrogant of him to have stated that he would easily surpass Ighalo’s record. Being great and successful in life requires lots of wisdom apart from the hard work, and im glad this man also portrays that.