Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr said striker Victor Osimhen learnt a lot from Odion Ighalo before his retirement after the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Osimhen has now scored three goals in his last two matches for Nigeria, following his latest brace against Lesotho on Sunday.
The Forward scored two goals and assisted two to help to Eagles to a 4-2 win over their hosts in a 2021 AFCON qualifiers.
Speaking at Sunday’s post-match press conference, Rohr said the 20-year-old attacker learnt a lot during Afcon as an understudy to Ighalo.
”We had the best goalscorer in the AFCON, he wanted to retire and we had to find a solution.
”When I took Osimhen to the AFCON as part of the 23-man list, a lot of you were very critical, they asked why I didn’t take Kelechi (Iheanacho) for example.
”He learnt a lot in the AFCON, watching, playing in the last match, seeing this very good goalscorer Ighalo, seeing Musa and now he is progressing.
”He’s in a good club Lille in France and scoring a lot of goals, confidence is there and this good understanding with the other players is good for a center forward.”
Osimhen has now scored four goals in eight games for the Super Eagles.