Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has credited his former coach Emmanuel Amuneke for his career success.
It was Amuneke who gave Osimhen his first chance, choosing the young striker among the Golden Eaglets squad to the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup.
The striker would go on to score 10 goals and made two assists in Chile to help Nigeria to the title at the tournament that launched his career.
Speaking about it in a recent interview, Osimhen said he thought Amuneke didn’t like him when he first joined the Golden Eaglets camp but has since realised that coach meant well for him.
“In my own mentality, I felt the coach didn’t like me. Every time, he would speak to me and yell at me on the pitch. For me, I thought maybe he was making me suffer,” Osimhen said in a video chat on Super Eagles Youtube channel.
“There was a time I wanted to leave the camp, I spoke to the coordinator and he told me to be calm that the coach knew what he was doing.
“For me, I think when you have chosen this path, you have to be disciplined, discipline is the first thing, whether you have a coach or you don’t have a coach guiding you, I think discipline is the first thing. And I am really happy with what I went through with coach Emmanuel Amuneke.”
“Everything I am today, everything I would be in the future, I attribute almost half of my success to him,” Osimhen also said.
“Whatever I have achieved, he really set my path, he made me to understand life isn’t all about talent, you have to work hard, you have to be disciplined and listen to the coach’s instructions either on or off the pitch.
“I think other players that played under him can also testify, not just me.”
Osimhen’s career has experienced a lift in the 12 months, finishing strongly at Belgium club Sporting Charleroi before a move to Lille in France where he has been impressive.
Also in 2019, the striker won a bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with the Super Eagles of Nigeria and is now the first-choice striker of the team.