Nigeria’s national team coach, Gernot Rohr has heaped praise on Lille striker, Victor Osimhen for his outstanding performances for both club and country.
Osimhen came into limelight when he scored 10 times in just nine games to help Nigeria win the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup.
He was soon signed by German Club, Wolfsburg where he struggled before being called up by Rohr who had just been appointed Super Eagles coach in 2016.
20-year old Osimhen was signed on loan at Sporting Charleroi where he netted 19 goals in 34 games in Belgium.
Then he moved to France to join Lille where his blazing performance in the club earned him Odion Ighalo’s prestigious No. 9 shirt when the Shanghai Shenhua forward retired from international football after 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Osimhen has proved he is worthy of the shirt by helping his team win in recent international matches. Recall that he scored two goals and supplied two assists as the Super Eagles beat Lesotho 4-2 in Maseru on Sunday.
Nigeria is now top of Group L in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, thanks to Osimhen and Rohr is full of praises to the young striker.
“Yes, I took him already in my first match, remember,” Rohr said to ESPN
“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.” The German-born coach added.