Victor Osimhen’s tough Journey to becoming Nigerian Hat-trick hero





Free-scoring Victor Osimhen, after making his senior debut in a friendly game in 2017 and missing the 2018 World cup final squad due to injury, longed for a chance to replicate his club’s goalscoring form with the Nigeria senior national team after a successful campaign with the Golden Eaglets in 2015.

Victor Osimhen once again was invited to the Super Eagles, by the Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr for the Seychelles and Egypt game, but Osimhen was not in the starting XI nor did he make the bench as Nigeria defeated Seychelles in the last AFCON qualifying games despite been called up, rather he was the hat-trick hero in Nigeria’s U-23 win against Libya U-23.

 

For some, it would have looked like a relegation when Osimhen and a couple of other players were asked to join the Nigeria U-23 team as they sought a comeback from a defeat against Libya U-23 team during the 2020 Olympics qualifiers. Osimhen treasured the chance to represent his country and he proved his worth as he scored his first hat-trick for Nigeria since October 2015 when he got 3 goals during the U-17 world cup.

 

Osimhen started his career at the Ultimate Strikers Academy, based in Lagos, Nigeria. The Charleroi player was named to the squad of the Nigeria under-17 team that won the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, where Osimhen won the Golden Boot and Silver Ball awards.

 

His performances also earned him the CAF Youth Player of the Year award in 2015. In January 2016, after being noticed for his performances at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Osimhen committed to a pre-contract with VfL Wolfsburg, stipulating that he would officially join the club in January 2017.

 

On 5 January 2017, Osimhen officially signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club, lasting until June 2020. Out with an injury upon his arrival, On 13 May, Osimhen made his Bundesliga debut for Wolfsburg, coming on as a substitute in the 59th minute in a 1–1 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach, but just made cameo appearances for the rest of his time with Wolfsburg due to injuries and other fitness issues before joining Charleroi on loan.

 

Osimhen had summer trials with Belgian clubs Zulte Waregem and Club Brugge, who were the reigning champions. However, a summer bout with malaria had affected his physical condition, and neither club decided to take him on loan.

 

On 22 August 2018, Osimhen joined Belgian club Charleroi on a season-long loan deal, having failed to score in any of his 16 appearances with Wolfsburg.

 

At Charleroi, he has scored 14 goals from over 26 appearances in Belgium this season.



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