Liberian President George Opong Weah once again praised Victor Osimhen’s goal-scoring prowess as Nigeria reached the 2023 AFCON finals.
Osimhen, who scored two goals in Nigeria’s 3-2 win over Sierra Leone, has been the leading scorer in the qualifying series with seven goals and has an impressive tally of 17 goals in 25 matches for Nigeria at senior level.
President Weah had previously encouraged Osimhen to keep working hard and breaking new grounds after his excellent season, in which he scored 25 league goals to steer SC Napoli to their first Italian Serie A title in 33 years.
The Napoli forward did not disappoint, with an outstanding performance, scoring in the 20th and 33rd minutes to steer Nigeria into a 2-0 lead.
“That is what I call a striker. Good positioning always. Very athletic and knows where to be each time the ball is coming. He is so strong and a fighter par excellence.”
The Nigeria forward is now the leading scorer in the qualifying series with seven goals, and has now racked up an impressive tally of 17 goals in 25 matches for Nigeria at senior level.
Osimhen’s seven goals in this qualifying campaign include the one goal he scored against Sierra Leone in Abuja in June 2022 to eventually give Nigeria a 2-1 win and three points on the first day of the series, and four of the 10 goals against Sao Tome and Principe in Agadir, Morocco few days later, on a day Nigeria set a new international win-record.
Osimhen’s two goals took Nigeria in front before Mustapha Bundu and Augustus Kargbo drew level, but in the added period, Kelechi Iheanacho made good from a dashing run by Zaidu Sanusi that stunned the Liberian defence.
Victory took Nigeria to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finals with 12 points, with a match to spare, alongside second-placed Guinea Bissau, on 10. The Leone Stars crashed out with only five points.
Nigeria will host group whipping boys, Sao Tome and Principe in a purely academic exercise in September.