2013 AFCON Golden Boot winner demands more protection for Napoli star Osimhen

Victor Osimhen: The Need for Protection

Victor Osimhen has become one of the most sought-after footballers in the world, thanks to his impressive performances on the pitch. The Nigerian striker, who currently plays for Napoli in Italy, has broken multiple records and won several accolades in his short career.

However, his reputation as one of the best goalscorers in football has ensured that he gets a lot of attention on and off the pitch. This has prompted calls for more protection for the 24-year-old, especially from his former teammate, Emmanuel Emenike.

Emenike, who was one of Nigeria’s best players during their 2013 Nations Cup victory, believes that Osimhen needs to be protected more by his teammates, coaches, and even the referee. This is because the striker has been the target of some rough challenges and tackles in recent matches.

The need for protection was highlighted in Nigeria’s recent 3-2 victory over Sierra Leone in the qualifiers for the 2023 AFCON. Osimhen had to be taken off late in the game after sustaining an injury from a tackle. While the extent of the injury is not yet known, it is clear that the striker needs to be protected from such challenges.

Osimhen’s brilliance on the pitch has seen him linked to some of the top clubs in Europe, including Chelsea, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and PSG. He is currently the joint-fourth most expensive player in the world, according to Transfermarkt.

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Despite his success with Napoli, Osimhen has also replicated his super displays with Nigeria. With 17 goals, he is joint-sixth with Samson Siasia on Nigeria’s goalscoring charts. This highlights the importance of protecting the striker, not just for Napoli but for the Nigerian national team as well.

In conclusion, Victor Osimhen is one of the best goalscorers in football, and his reputation ensures that he gets a lot of attention on and off the pitch. However, this attention also makes him vulnerable to rough challenges and tackles. Therefore, it is essential that he is protected more by his teammates, coaches, and even the referee to prevent unnecessary injuries that could affect his career and the Nigerian national team.

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