Nigerian Football Legend Segun Odegbami Speaks Out on Victor Osimhen’s Struggles at 2023 AFCON
Retired Nigerian footballer Segun Odegbami has voiced his concerns over the performance of star striker Victor Osimhen at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Osimhen, touted as one of the continent’s best players, has faced challenges converting scoring opportunities, leading to questions about the pressure he might be under.
Odegbami’s Advice: Urging Calm Amidst Goal-Scoring Struggles
Segun Odegbami, a prominent figure in Nigerian football, has advised the 25-year-old Napoli striker to maintain composure amidst the goal-scoring struggles witnessed during the 2023 AFCON.
Osimhen, who secured the CAF Player of the Year award in December 2023, has managed only one goal in three AFCON matches despite numerous opportunities.
Osimhen’s Remarkable Journey: From CAF Player of the Year to AFCON Challenges
Victor Osimhen, celebrated for his exceptional performance with Napoli in the 2022–2023 Italian Serie A campaign, earned the CAF Player of the Year award for his pivotal role in Nigeria’s qualification for the 2023 AFCON, contributing ten goals.
Despite being tied for third place on Nigeria’s all-time scoring chart, Osimhen’s current struggles have raised concerns.
Odegbami Analyzes Challenges: Solid Creative Midfield and Front-of-Goal Lethality
Segun Odegbami pointed out challenges in the Nigerian team, emphasizing the absence of a solid creative midfield and a lack of lethality in front of goal.
He stressed the importance of composure when presented with goal-scoring opportunities and expressed surprise at Osimhen’s apparent pressure during the tournament.
Ongoing Tournament and Upcoming Test: Osimhen Faces Cameroon in Round of 16
As the 2023 AFCON progresses, Osimhen, facing criticism for his recent form, will seek to prove his critics wrong in the upcoming round of 16 clash against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon scheduled for January 27 at 9 p.m.