Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh has rated Victor Osimhen above all other strikers that Nigeria have paraded since the legendary Rashidi Yekini retired from international scene duties in 1998.
Oliseh, though, thinks that the three-time African champions may have unearthed another Yekini in Osimhen with the former Juventus midfielder convinced that the 21-year-old is blessed with outstanding qualities.
In an interview with RFI, Oliseh confessed that he had been monitoring the youngster since his world cup-winning days with the Golden Eaglets and would have promoted him straight to the Super Eagles if he had not quit as the national team’s head coach.
“When I was coach, I was trying to assemble a new team,” said the former Fortuna Sittard coach.
“In fact, the basics of the current national team are made up of players that I have put together. For me, it was important to have young people from the future who were hungry for national team matches.
“Victor Osimhen was playing at the U17 World Cup at the time. I had watched his matches with my assistants, including the final won by Nigeria. He did it with such ease, the way he eliminated his opponents.
“We planned to invite him to the national team. But I left the team. Otherwise, I would have invited him.
“Because, since Rashidi Yekini left the national team, we have not had a player of the caliber of Victor Osimhen.
“My plan was to integrate him slowly into the Super Eagles, to give him a few minutes, before launching him 100% as we did with Wilfred Ndidi or Alex Iwobi at the time.”