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Soccer News of Wednesday, 18 January 2023


'Osimhen will step in the shoes of Yekini' - John Ogu

Rashidi Yekini, Victor Osimhen. Rashidi Yekini, Victor Osimhen.

Nigerian international John Ogu has stated that Osimhen's remarkable performance in Europe comes as no surprise to him.

The Al Adalah player described the Napoli striker as a player who demonstrates a passionate hunger for success considering his background.

The midfielder who has been capped 26 times for Nigeria believes the 24-year-old will fill the shoes of the legendary Rashidi Yekini- who is believed to be the greatest striker in Nigeria's history.

Osimhen has been firing from all cylinders for the Naples-based team this season, and Ogu believed there is still a lot to come from the ex-Lille attacker.

“You know [Osimhen] grew up on the street. He had a tough time. There was a time he had to fight with Balogun in training. That’s to tell you how because he is hungry for it.”

“When I saw people say congratulations to him, I told him it’s not surprising to me. Osimhen will step in the shoes of Rashidi Yekini.”

Many fans have tipped Osimhen to break Yekini's long-standing record after his heroics against Sao Tome and Principe during the Nations Cup qualifiers in June.

The Super Eagles striker hit a double brace in that encounter as Nigeria battered their rivals 10-0.

By so doing, Osimhen moved his goal tally at the international level from 18 to 22.

The late Rashidi Yekini netted 37 goals in 62 caps for Nigeria from 1984 to 1998.