Saturday, 16 October 2021 07:23

Drogba, Mikel inspired me, says Osimhen

NAPOLI forward Victor Osimhen has spoken of how Ivorian legend Didier Drogba, and fellow Nigerians John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo inspired him to reach greater heights.

The Super Eagles marksman is enjoying his best start to a Serie A season after joining from Lille in the summer of 2020.

So far, he has scored nine goals for club and country this season, and he has explained his inspiration and how it feels to play in one of the world’s top leagues.

“It feels good, it all started like a dream, boyhood dream from the slum,” Osimhen said in a chat with international teammate William Troost-Ekong in the latter’s YouTube channel. I just wanted to become a professional player, inspired by a lot of legends like Didier Drogba, Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi, and the rest.

“And I feel like, to be able to achieve this feat, is one of my biggest achievements in life and I am really grateful to God for that.”

The 22-year-old was on target for Nigeria away to the Central African Republic in the 2-0 win last weekend after Chidozie Awaziem set up Leon Balogun for the opener.

It was a result that ensured Nigeria retained the top position in Group C with nine points from the four matches they have played.


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