Red-hot Osimehn Pays Tribute to Fans

Sensational Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen is full of appreciation to his club Napoli’s fans for their creative ways of showing love for him – including a mascot, a dog and a cake.

It has been a remarkable week for the Partenopei, who pushed past Eintracht Frankfurt to book their Champions League quarter-final against Milan and currently sit 21 points clear at the top of the Serie A table after a thumping 4-0 win away to Torino today.

The Super Eagles marksman is making towering headers his trademark and netted two of them this afternoon, along with a Kvicha Kvaratskhelia penalty and Tanguy Ndombele’s debut Serie A goal.

Osimehn powering in one of his two headed goals today.

“It feels great. The support has been overwhelming. It’s good to have our fans here, there are so many here and we are surprised to see them,” Osimhen told DAZN after 10,000 Napoli fans flocked to the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, almost out-numbering the home crowd.

“It is good to have this win, I want to congratulate the team and we must keep going like this.”

The crowd was singing ‘we’ll win the tricolor’ at the final whistle, and their lead at the top remains a minimum of 18 points, but could rise to 21 depending on this evening’s results.

Osimehn somehow shares in the feelings of the fans:

“Of course, they are really hoping, it’s been so many years, they believe and nobody deserves this more than the Napoli fans. And we are happy that we are on the right track to deliver them this prestigious prize and hopefully something more.”

Osimhen’s trademark protective mask has become an inspiration for Napoli supporters, as well as his bleached hair, and today even one of the mascots who led out the team was doing his best to emulate the striker.

“I saw the kid with my hair colour, then he put on the mask and I was surprised! I wanted to take a picture of him, but we had to start the game. I hope I can give him my shirt afterwards.”

The last few weeks have seen everything from cakes made in Osimhen’s image to dogs dressed up as the centre-forward, which he published on his Instagram account.

“I think everyone has been creative with the way they tried to show their support and love for me. The latest one that really blew my mind with a dog wearing a mask and I think it had pasta on its head!

“The Nigerian fans are supportive too, I am really happy to put a smile on their faces and I want to keep this momentum going.”

The 24yr old striker is expected to arrive Nigeria tomorrow to beef up the nation’s squad preparatory to the AFCON 2023 qualifying double header against Guinea Bissau on March 24 and 27 respectively in Abuja and Morocco.


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