Victor Osimhen form may hold key to Nigeria success

The Napoli striker scored again when the Super Eagles faced the Central African Republic in Douala.

Victor Oshimen

Victor Osimhen continued his fine scoring run when Nigeria took on the Wild Beasts of the Central African Republic in Douala.

His goal ensured the win for his team after the shoddy showing in Lagos against the same opponents only three days earlier. His goal added some emphasis to Nigeria’s dominance after a fine Leon Balogun opener.

The 2-0 score line was kind to the hosts on the day as Nigeria ran out worthy winners with a performance for the ages.

The Super Eagles took the game to their opponents right from the start, creating chance after chance that left their opponents permanently on the back foot throughout the game.

The opening goal was created from Chidozie Awaziem’s perfect cross that was swept home by the overlapping Balogun in the 29th minute.

Osimhen’s goal came at the stroke of halftime when he struck a fine finish after a William Troost-Ekong pass found him at point-blank range in the opposition box at the stroke of halftime. The 22-year-old could have scored his second on the day and Nigeria’s third if not for a last-ditch clearance from one of the opposition defenders.

This performance puts the Super Eagles’ World Cup qualifying campaign back on track after the hiccup they experienced in the reverse fixture in Lagos. A tepid performance on the day saw their opponents nick an important goal at the tail-end of the preceding match and snatch a vital win.

Nigeria maintains its top position in the group to tighten its grip on a 2022 World Cup place in Qatar. Thanks to a talented crop of players that are available to Gernot Rohr nowadays with world-class talents like the Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho especially catching the eye nowadays.

The former Lille striker has been in hot form for his team, Napoli, this season. His incredible performances this season have already earned him a Player of the Month gong and several other Man of the Match awards and counting.

If the striker can keep up this form for club and country and lead the way like he is starting to under Luciano Spalletti, then the future looks even brighter for Nigeria in the next World Cup finals.

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Seye Omidiora is a passionate football writer and pundit whose deep appreciation for the beautiful game exceeds the usual. He is currently a columnist for Goal Africa and has previously written for Vital Football UK, IBCity Info and Opera News.

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