Super Eagles’ striker, Victor Osimhen has played down his man-of-the-match performance in Napoli’s 4-1 win against Atalanta at the weekend saying ‘what matters is the team’.
Osimhen posted a superlative performance and capped it with his first Serie A goal to ignite excitement and glowing reviews by fans and the Italian media.
The Nigerian’s performance helped
Napoli dominate their opposition
with Italian tabloid, Corriere del
Mezzogiorno praising his strength,
aggression and impact which
highlighted Atalanta’s defensive
Osimhen’s display also helped
allay earlier fears that Napoli might
suffer psychological setback after
Serie A football authority penalized the Gennaro Gattuso’s team by awarding Juventus three points and three goals after the Neapolitans failed to honour their matchday-3 game match before the international break due to covid-19 pandemic spike.
Osimhen ran over to Gennaro Gattuso for a hug after netting Napoli’s fourth goal in the win against Atalanta, and further made statement through his goal celebration – a support for the protests in Nigeria for an end to the ills of the country’s police force.
Simy Nwankwo also celebrated in a similar fashion after shooting home side, Crotone, into the the lead in the 12th minute against Juventus also on Saturday, before Alvaro Morata made it 1-1 in the 21st – the final scoreline of the match.
Osimhen also played down the importance of his first Sarie A goal, preferring to underscore the collective objective of the Napoli team.
“I’m happy, but what counts is the team, we proved to be compact,” Calcionapoli24.it quoted Osimhen as saying, as reported by popular Italian newspaper, Corriere del Mezzogiorno, on Sunday.
The newspaper which upheld Osimhen in an earlier report as the manor the match added: “He never forgets his roots and exulted by displaying a shirt with the hashtag ‘End Police Brutality in Nigeria’ against SARS, the Nigerian police anti-robbery team that had just been disbanded for the abuses and violence committed. On social
media, Victor followed the popular
protests in his country and
compatriot Simy also displayed the
same shirt after his Juventus goal.”
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