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Osimhen Welcomes Competition From Onuachu, Iheanacho And Sadiq

Osimhen Welcomes Competition From Onuachu, Iheanacho And Sadiq

Victor Osimhen is unperturbed with the competition for places in Super Eagles’ striking department, Completesports.com reports.

Osimhen has led the team’s attack since Odion Ighalo quit international football after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

But the trio of Paul Onuachu, Kelechi Iheanacho and Umar Sadiq are pushing for a place in the team with impressive displays for their respective clubs.

Onuachu has scored 29 goals in 33 appearances across all competitions for Belgian Pro League outfit Genk this season.

Iheanacho is enjoying resurgence at Premier League club Leicester City with 10 goals in his last seven appearances for the Foxes.

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Umar scored his 16th goal of the season for Spanish Segunda division side Almeria over the weekend, as they continue their push for promotion to La Liga.

” I think they are all doing quite well — Paul Onuachu, Kelechi Iheanacho and Sadiq Umar,” Osimhen told ESPN.

“Of course I am happy for them and I’m happy about their form.

“And of course, being able to capitalize on their current form for the national team is really important. Kelechi has been doing quite well and he has been scoring goals. Onuachu also, I think he’s the leading goalscorer in Europe which is very important.

“He gave us the winning goal in the game against Benin Republic. It shows that we can capitalize on their form and count on them.”

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  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    Wise talk Osimhen is a very transparent being.

  • Term Moffi is another trouble brewing. That guy is an assassin. I took my time to watch him yesterday and it was worth the while. That guy is good with his left foot.

    • walking 3 years ago

      That guy is a beast, he has pace, can dribble,passes, strong and a very good left footer..

      He can improvise and play from the wings..

      He will be a great addition to the team based on his current form

  • Healthy competition keeps the players on their toes and gets rid of complacency. They are all performing well which will make the National team stronger.

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    According to that article by Collin Udoh. “It has been a while since Nigeria had such a glut of goalscoring forwards. Not since the mid-90s, when the Super Eagles enjoyed the talents of some formidable strikers, has there been such a glut of in-form attacking options available to the side.” All thanks to the gaffer who has built a formidable team whereby everyone is watching his back because someone is ready to take his spot. Osimhen further assures every die hard SuperEagles fans that they’re ready to claim the AFCON in Cameroon.

    “I think we’ve got everything we need to win the next Afcon and to go even more further to qualify for the World Cup. Because this is a squad that has extremely wonderful talent in this team the from the goalkeepers to the strikers, from the strikers to the bench,” he added.

    “Also, of course, we have a very good coach and technical staff that can prepare us well for each game as it comes. And I think for us we have individual players who can individually win games for us. The likes of Kelechi, Samuel Chukwueze, Alex Iwobi, myself, Paul and rest of the of the squad.

    The options available at every position is quite encouraging and ridiculously promising. The onus is now on the technical crew to groom them into a cohesive unit between now and January. I believe the WorldCup qualifiers will really help in determining who will make the squad to Cameroon. WorldCup qualifiers brings a lot of tension therefore, any player who can’t cope with the tension jeopardize his AFCON spot.

  • Edoman 3 years ago

    This is good for
    super eagle. No country is enjoying such awesome privilege in Africa today.

  • pompei 3 years ago

    Terem Moffi is another monster waiting to be unleashed.
    In my opinion, these 5 are our top strikers currently – Osimhen, Iheanacho, Sadiq, Onuachu and Moffi.
    I think it is likely Rohr will select them all in our next internationals. Start 2, and leave 3 on the bench. Make subs as the game goes on. Makes for good squad rotation, which allows players to be fresh for games and relatively injury free.
    Imagine any two of these pairing up in a 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 formation!

    • JimmyBall 3 years ago

      @Pomoei… Where is Simmy on your list? Iwobi is now a Wideman, put Iheanacho to midfield. Iheanacho is very useful in a 4-4-2,4-4-3, 3-5-2 and 3-4-3. But I believe he struggles in a 4-5-1, as a lone attacker which Coach Rohr loves to play. I think we can only accommodate three (3) pure centre forward in every squad list if we are truly to maintain balance of personnel in the team at any one time… Osimhen, Onuachu, Sadiq, Simmy, and Moffi are a good enough pool to draw any three at anytime based on form and fitness!

      • kenneth 3 years ago

        Oga me, what are you expecting from a coach that has made up his mind on who he wants to play. I will not be surprised come January if Musa doesn’t find a club he will still go the nations cup at the expense of some player. Well am hoping all this weapons at his disposal will be utilized very. If we don’t win this next AFCON, your guess is as good as mine.

      • pompei 3 years ago

        Jimbo, I said I listed OUR TOP FIVE strikers. If I was listing TOP SIX, Simy would be in there as the 6th.
        In my opinion, the 5 I listed are ahead in the pecking order currently. Of course, no condition is permanent. Tomorrow, Simy may find himself at the top. For that to happen though, he needs to inject more energy into his game. That is what Rohr prefers to work with.

  • Empire 3 years ago

    Why is simmy Nwankwo been skipped from the strikers? He is one of the best …

  • pompei 3 years ago

    Guys, I like Simy too. I would love to have him in the squad.
    These are the issues:
    Rohr is unlikely to pick Iheanacho as a winger or midfielder. So one striker spot is taken. That leaves us with 4 other spots, making a total of 5 strikers. 5 strikers! Nobody does that nowadays, but Rohr might do it because of the superior talent of these boys. If he goes the 5 striker route, he still can’t select everyone. In addition to Nacho, the other 4 are likely to be Osimhen, Sadiq, Onuachu and Moffi.
    The reason these guys are ahead of Simy for now is that they are more energetic and mobile. Simy is clinical in the box, and good at playing with his back to goal. But Rohr prefers the energetic type, that can put pressure on the opponent’s defence, the way Osimhen does.
    If Simy must come in, then one of Onuachu and Moffi will have to go. The alternative is for Rohr to select 6 strikers! That’s not gonna happen.

  • Hassan Tia 3 years ago

    I think adding Simmy Nwankwo,Sadiq Umar,Terem Moffi , Godfry Oboabona,Nwobodo, Azubuike will form a strong squad to Super Eagles.

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