‘I can surpass Yekini’s goals record’ – Osimhen

With 15 goals in 22 games, Victor Osimhen currently has the best goals-per-game ratio of any striker who has donned the Super Eagles jersey

The Napoli forward who has been touted to be the next Nigerian goals father has said he believes he has enough in his kitty to surpass the record of legendary Nigerian attacker, Rashidi Yekini.

Yekini played for more 15 years in the Super Eagles, scoring 37 goals in 62 appearances in the period, the highest of any Nigerian attacker.

Osimhen’s four goals against São Tomé and Principé took his Nigerian tally to 15th and he’s now in the top 10 scorers in the country.

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He has 22 goals and many years ahead to beat Yekini’s record and the player said he’s the next in line for Nigerian attacking greatness.

“I used to say it’s a big shoe to fill but with the kind of quality that I possess, and the kind of determination that I’ve acquired in this my career, I think I can actually break it or even surpass it,” Osimhen told Naijafootballers.

“But it won’t be easy and that won’t make me the greatest Nigerian striker ever. We still have the likes of Rashidi Yekini, Odion Ighalo, Obafemi Martins and the rest of them but now I believe it’s my time and it’s my turn and I can utilise it very well.”

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Head and shoulders above

Osimhen scored seven headed goals in the Serie A last season and has become one of the best headers of the ball in Europe.

The Nigerian spoke about his aerial strength as a factor he built a long time ago.

“I’ve been practicing a lot while growing up. Those that know me know I use my head to score more goals than I use my feet and the mask also gives me confidence to go into the duels and score the headers and I think I will continue to improve as I keep using my head.”

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