World football governing body, Fifa has spotlight four exciting young Africans as the World Cup qualifiers are entering the home stretch.
Among them is Nigeria’s arrowhead attacker, Victor Osimhen who wants to emulate Cote d’Ivoire’s football legend, Didier Drogba.
Ahead of the 2-0 away win against Central African Republic in Douala, Cameroon where he was the scorer of the goal that put the final nail on the opponent’s coffin, Fifa’s website described him thus:
“Victor Osimhen 12 caps, 7 goals for Nigeria Age: 22 Position: Forward Club: Napoli
Victor Osimhen certainly lit up the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015, finishing as top scorer with ten goals – a record that stands to this day – as Nigeria lifted the trophy.
“Didier Drogba is my role model. He represents the type of player and person that I would like to become,” he said at the time. “I hope I pick up his ball-control skills and his knack for scoring important goals.
He’s an absolute icon, a legend. I’d like to be able to play like him – or maybe even better!” Six years on, Osimhen is still a long way away from having the career that the Côte d’Ivoire star enjoyed, but the Super Eagle is certainly proving his worth in front of goal.
He joined Napoli at the start of last season and took a couple of months to settle, but once the New Year had been rung in, the goals started to flow and Osimhen ended up scoring four in six matches in 2020/21. He and Kelechi Iheanacho have also come to form a dynamic duo up front for Nigeria.”
Other players featured are Patson Daka of Zambia, Cheick Doucoure of Mali and Cheick Doucoure of Senegal