Nigerian Striker Victor Osimhen Scores As Napoli Thrash Verona in Opening League Game of the Season

Nigerian Striker Victor Osimhen Scores As Napoli Thrash Verona in Opening League Game of the Season

  • Victor Osimhen inspired Napoli to a 5-2 win over Verona in their opening Serie A match of the season
  • The Nigerian international found the back of the net late in the first half and also made an assist in the second half
  • The striker who scored 14 goals last season is expected to lead Napoli to possibly win the title

Nigerian international Victor Osimhen found the back of the net in Napoli’s 5-2 win over Verona in their opening Serie A game of the season.

Osimhen found the back of the net late in the first half to put his side 2-1 up, and then with 11 minutes left to play, he then provided the assist for Napoli’s fifth goal scored by Matteo Politano.

In ensuring the 23-year-old Super Eagles forward was not injured, coach Luciano Spalletti decided to replace the former Lille man who came off in the 83rd minute.

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Victor Osimhen, Super Eagles, Napoli
Victor Osimhen celebrates his goal for Napoli. Photo: Emmanuele Ciancaglini
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The win took Napoli to the top position in the league table ahead of the likes of champions AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Roma, who also recorded wins in their opening game.

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Last season Osimhen scored 14 goals in 27 appearances in the Italian top-flight, which helped Napoli secure Champions League qualification.

Aribo scores in Southampton’s draw with Leeds United

Meanwhile, Nigerian international Joe Aribo impressed in Southampton’s 2-2 draw with Leeds United in the English Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The Super Eagles midfielder came on in the 61st minute of the encounter and was already on the score sheet in the 72nd minute.

The 26-year-old was at the end of Adam Armstrong’s low ball at the back post to get Southampton back into the game after a brace from Rodrigo had put Leeds two goals ahead.

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Amazing footage shows moment Premier League fans get autograph of Nigerian star Taiwo Awoniyi

Fans queue up for Awonyi’s signature

Sports Brief earlier reported that football fans of Premier League returnees Nottingham Forest queued up to get autographs of Nigerian international Taiwo Awoniyi.

The lanky forward scored Nottingham Forest's first Premier League goal in 23 years and 90 days during their win over West Ham United on Sunday.

Nottingham Forest made 14 new signings ahead of the league season, and it proved significant as Taiwo Awoniyi scored the only goal, while Dean Henderson saved Declan Rice's penalty.

Source: Sports Brief News