Fans back Osimhen to break Yekini’s record
After scoring his 20th goal for Nigeria on Sunday, Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen stirred the confidence of Nigerians, who believe the Napoli man will soon become the all-time highest goalscorer for the country.
The 24-year-old scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 thrashing of São Tomé and Príncipe in Uyo on Sunday and took his tally to 20 goals in 26 games, needing 17 more goals to match Rashidi Yekini’s long-standing record of 37 goals.
Osimhen has just moved past Obafemi Martins who scored 18 goals and Ikechukwu Uche on 19 goals and sits just behind Yakubu Aiyegbeni (21), Segun Odegbami (23), and Yekini (37).
“Victor Osimhen now has 20 goals in 26 goals for Nigeria. With 0.77 goal per game, he surpasses other leading scorers for Nigeria, but the absolute goal count is the most important metric. Moving to second place is already guaranteed, but can he break Yekini’s record to move to Nigeria’s all-time highest goalscorer,” an enthusiast, Suraj Olawale tweeted after the game.
UK-based football analyst, Dez Footie also said, “Osimhen came into this game 6th on the all-time Nigeria scorer rankings with (17) goals. His hat-trick against São Tomé now means he’s overtaken Martins Ikechukwu, a legend in the making.”
Lagos-based OAP, Chuma Nnoli also said, “A star that shines for club and country. Truly amazing. Greater things are ahead of him. Victor Osimhen is truly special.”
“Breaking the goal scoring record set by Yekini is a process, and you’ll achieve it,” another fan @ramsyokay also posted.