Africa's Most Expensive Player Osimhen Leads Race to Win AFCON 2021 Qualifiers Golden Boot

Africa's Most Expensive Player Osimhen Leads Race to Win AFCON 2021 Qualifiers Golden Boot

Oluwatomiwa Babalola
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM
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- Victor Osimhen tops the AFCON 2021 qualifiers goal scorers chart

- The 21-year-old has four goals in three meetings for the Super Eagles

- Osimhen is joint top scorer with South Africa's Percy Tau

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Nigeria international Victor Osimhen leads the race to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers golden boot.

The most expensive African star currently has four goals in three games - the same number as South Africa's Percy Tau.

However, the Napoli attacker could increase his tally this weekend when he starts for the Super Eagles against Benin in Porto Novo.

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Osimhen missed the second leg against Sierra Leone in November, having suffered a shoulder injury in the first leg played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

Africa's most expensive player Osimhen leads race to win AFCON 2021 qualifiers golden boot
Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen celebrating his goal against Sierra Leone last November. Credit - African Ftbl
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Coach Gernot Rohr's men could not find the back of the net at the national stadium in Freetown without the Napoli star as they ended up playing a goalless draw.

Everton star Alex Iwobi along with Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech and 10 others have three goals to their names so far.

And Samuel Chukwueze, Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez, and several others belong to the two goals category with 268 goals scored after 119 matches so far.

Osimhen's chances of winning the silverware are high given that he could feature in the remaining two games against the Squirrels and Lesotho this month.

Nigeria sit atop of Group L with eight points from four games - one point better than Benin ahead of their crucial face-off this weekend. earlier reported that Nigeria and Benin Republic lock horns this weekend as the race to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon gradually winds down.

Both teams are first and second on the Group L table with the Super Eagles currently topping the log with eight points, one point better than The Squirrels ahead of the matchday five encounter.

However, 2019 bronze-winning coach Gernot Rohr might have made up his mind on the players who will start the game in Porto Novo on Saturday, March 27, having had his last two training sessions behind closed doors.

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