Nigerian Star Victor Osimhen Dreams of AFCON Title
Victor Osimhen, the recently crowned African Player of the Year, is on a mission to bring joy to Nigerian supporters by winning the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title. The Napoli forward, who became the first Nigerian to win the African Player of the Year award since Nwankwo Kanu in 1999, has set his sights on transforming the disappointment of Nigerian fans into celebration with AFCON success.
Osimhen, known for his goal-scoring prowess and contributions to Napoli’s first Italian title in 33 years, expressed his determination to make up for the heartbreaking failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Nigeria faced regional rivals Ghana in the World Cup qualifiers but were eliminated after a 1-1 draw in Abuja, causing deep disappointment among the home fans.
The Super Eagles are now gearing up for the AFCON tournament, where Osimhen believes they have the opportunity to bring happiness to Nigerian supporters. Nigeria has a rich history in the AFCON, winning the title three times (1980, 1994, and 2013). Osimhen, along with his teammates, is eager to add another title to Nigeria’s football legacy.
Despite the setback in the World Cup qualifiers, Osimhen expressed confidence in the squad’s ability to win the AFCON. The team is determined to make amends and believes that the packed squad, featuring players performing exceptionally well in European clubs, has the potential to clinch the AFCON title.
Nigeria is placed in Group A alongside Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, and Equatorial Guinea in the AFCON’s first round. The team is expected to compete for the top spot in the group, with the aspiration to progress to the knockout stage and ultimately win the tournament.
Osimhen’s dream aligns with the collective goal of the Super Eagles to bring joy and pride to Nigerian football fans, making up for past disappointments and failures to qualify for major tournaments. The AFCON journey presents an opportunity for redemption and glory, and Osimhen is determined to play a key role in achieving that goal.