Over the weekend Two Nigerians shone like a million stars, registering goals in the Serie A and also used the occasions to draw the world’s attention to bigger issues back home.
SSC Napoli’s summer signing Victor Osimhen notched his first goal in a competitive game for the Partenopei as they brushed aside Atalanta in an unexpected fashion.
Osimhen found the back of the net just before the interval in an eventual 4-1 victory for Gennaro Gattuso’s men at the San Paolo Stadium on Saturday.
The 21 year-old, who cost Napoli €70million, then created an iconic moment as he celebrated holding up a t-shirt with the words #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITYINNIGERIA inscribed on it.
After scoring his first goal for Napoli, Victor Osimhen holds up a shirt saying “End Police Brutality” ✊
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Just over five hours after Osimhen’s goal, another revolutionary message was captured in an Italian football league game, when Simy Nwankwo converted a penalty to put Crotone ahead against Serie A defending champions Juventus.
Last season’s top scorer in the Serie B, Nwankwo opened his goal account this season in the 4-1 defeat to Sassuolo.
But, this time his strike earned the newly promoted side a point at home against a start-studded Juventus side.
The “Brilla” Center Forward, after converting his Pk, ran to the sideline where he grabbed a shirt with the “End Police Brutality in Nigeria” written on it.
His gesture was given brief in an Italian publication that also praised the 28 year-old’s sterling performance on the night.
— Pisle (@EmekaPisle) October 18, 2020
The Message by both players was similar and resonated back home where Youths, for several days, have protested calling out the Nigerian government over a rogue Police unit, SARS.
Several other sports Figures from the most populous African Nation had continued to lend their voices to the agitation.
Similarly, Super Falcons and Barcelona Striker Asisat Oshoala, who has been a vocal figure since the #EndSARS protest began in her native Lagos State, continued to draw attention to the movement.
She netted her first goal of the season as FC Barcelona Femeni trounced Sporting Club Huelva 6-0 in the Primera División Femenina.
Oshoala tweeted: you already know the vibe #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityInNigeria #3pts
— ASISAT M.O.N (@AsisatOshoala) October 18, 2020
Among other Super Falcons players who have shared similar messages of solidarity include Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega and Ngozi Okobi.
— ngozi okobi (@NgoziOkobi) October 16, 2020
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Are these leaders not wicked?
This is just one among all the things that are wrong in the country. The list is long…. #EndBadGovernance #EndCorruption #WeSayNoMoreBadLeaders #EndPoliceBrutality #EndSars
— oparanozie desire (@oparanozie9) October 18, 2020
— ordega francisca (@OrdegaF) October 17, 2020