As Nigeria prepares to face Sao Tome on Sunday, Napoli striker Victor Osimhen remains as hungry as ever, expressing his willingness to play in any position and with any teammate to make a difference.
In an exclusive conversation with Pulse Sports, Osimhen declared his readiness to adapt to any role or system that benefits the Nigerian national team. He is set to take the field for the Super Eagles in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Sao Tome & Principe at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.
Despite Nigeria’s abundance of attacking talent, including notable names like Terem Moffi, Sadiq Umar, Akor Adams, Cyriel Dessers, and Chuba Akpom, discussions about how to maximize this wealth of options are at the forefront of Super Eagles supporters’ minds worldwide.
Osimhen, who has experience playing as a lone center-forward and alongside Moffi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Odion Ighalo, and others during his international career, emphasized that he has no personal preferences. He is open to adapting his style to enhance Nigeria’s firepower upfront, showing his dedication to the team’s success.
“For me, I’m open to partnering with anyone because we have some fantastic strikers on the squad. We’ve got Taiwo Awoniyi, Victor Boniface, Gift Orban, and Kelechi Iheanacho—all top-class players. So, whoever the coach decides to team me up with or pair me alongside, I’m perfectly fine with it. My priority is the team, not individual players.
“I can adapt to a 4-4-2 formation or any forward position, really. As long as it’s an attacking role, I can collaborate with any teammate. We’re eagerly anticipating the game.”
Nigeria has already secured qualification for next year’s AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire, but winning against Sao Tome on Sunday, September 10, would clinch the top spot in the group. In the previous encounter, Nigeria made history with a 10-0 victory, setting a national record for the largest margin of victory. It’s worth noting that Osimhen scored four goals in that game in Agadir.