Updated: Nigeria's Top 10 Scorers After Victor Osimhen's Brace vs Sierra Leone

Updated: Nigeria's Top 10 Scorers After Victor Osimhen's Brace vs Sierra Leone

Babajide Orevba
June 18, 2023 at 7:35 PM
  • Victor Osimhen has overtaken Samson Siasia and Odion Ighalo on Nigeria’s all-time scorer’s chart
  • The 24-year-old scored two first-half goals as his country beat Sierra Leone in the AFCON qualifiers
  • Osimhen is still way behind the legendary Rashidi Yekini who holds the prestigious top-scorer record

Following his brace against Sierra Leone in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations clash on June 18, Victor Osimhen has taken his goals tally for Nigeria to 17.

Since making his debut for the Super Eagles in 2017, the lethal forward has continued to find the back of the net in the green and white colours.

24-year-old Osimhen is now ahead of the likes of legends, Samson Siasia and Odion Ighalo on the all-time record scorer’s chart for his country.

Victor Osimhen, Super Eagles, Napoli, AFCON
Victor Osimhen has now scored 17 goals for the Super Eagles in 25 appearances. Photo: @modovictorekeneUlrik Pedersen
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On 17 goals, the 25-capped Osimhen is tied with former player, Sunday Oyarekhua, who made 28 appearances for Nigeria during his active football days.

The legendary Rashidi Yekini remains Nigeria’s all-time top scorer, having netted 37 times in 62 matches for the Super Eagles, Khel Now reports.

Nigeria's 10 record goal-scorers

10. Ahmed Musa - 16 goals

9. Odion Ighalo - 16 goals

8. Samson Siasia - 16 goals

7. Victor Osimhen - 17 goals

6. Sunday Oyarekhua - 17 goals

5. Obafemi Martins - 18 goals

4. Ikechukwu Uche - 19 goals

3. Yakubu Aiyegbeni - 21 goals

2. Segun Odegbami - 23 goals

1. Rashidi Yekini - 37 goals.

Nigeria power past Sierra Leone

Meanwhile, it took Osimhen just 19 minutes to score for his side when he lobbed the ball past the Leone Stars goalkeeper. In the 32nd minute, the striker tucked home Nigeria’s second goal after he was left unmarked in the box, to extend his side’s lead.

Sierra Leone fought back with two goals courtesy of a Mustapha Bundu strike, with Augustus Kargbo firing home in the 84th minute. Kelechi Iheanacho then netted the winner for Nigeria with virtually the last kick of the game in stoppage time, sealing AFCON qualification for Jose Peseiro’s men.

Nigeria's Osimhen hails Olamide

Sports Brief also reported on Super Eagles striker, Osimhen hailing Olamide as his favourite, as he lauded the music sensation for his work.

Also known by the nickname 'Badoo', Olamide Gbenga Adedeji is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and executive from the west African country.

Osimhen, who led Napoli to their first Serie A title in over three decades, explained that Olamide’s songs inspired him before matches.

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