Super Eagles Coach Blown Away by Meteoric Rise of Young Striker


Super Eagles head Coach Gernot Rohr is delighted with Victor Osimhen’s improvement and has backed the young forward to continue banging in goals.

Since winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup golden boot back in 2015, Osimhen endured setback with his former Bundesliga club VFL Wolfsburg before he moved to Belgian side Charleroi.


Rohr however looked beyond his injury woes and invited him to the national team back in 2016, but again prevented him from holding down a regular shirt in the team.


Osimhen’s career has now taken a dramatic turn around in the last twelve months, as he benefited from his loan to Sporting Charleroi where he banged in 19 goals in 34 games in Belgium.


He continued the scintilla form with French side Lille Metropole this season and most importantly, he no problem replicating the club form with the senior national team.


Osimhen has scored four goals in his eight appearances for Nigeria, including three in his last two outings for the team.


Rohr is finally happy that his patience with the 20-year-old is finally paying off.


“Yes, I took him already in my first match, remember. Everybody was surprised. He was 17 when I selected him in August 2016.


“He was in Germany and unlucky with injury, and then he fought very well to come back.


“And now I have very good information on him from Lille. He is progressing, and also I saw him progressing for seven weeks before and during the Afcon. Also, we had Ighalo, so he could not play so much, but then in the last match he did well and he showed all the progress he did.


“He is working well. There is no secret. When you work well and you have the talent and you stay humble, you can succeed and he can even improve because he is still very young.” Rohr said.


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