Victor Osimhen News: Striker speaks Yoruba – thanks fans

Victor Osimhen News: Striker speaks Yoruba – thanks fans
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Here is a piece of Victor Osimhen news that might surprise you. It might lighten your day as the striker was in a jocular mood.

The former Lille forward might not have reached the lofty heights he attained with Napoli in the Super Eagles at AFCON 2023, but the striker has been a handful for defenders at the tournament.

The Super Eagles striker has had two goal involvements in the two matches he has played for Nigeria at AFCON, resulting in the two goals the Super Eagles have scored.

He scored in the 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea and won the penalty that won the game for Nigeria against the Elephants of Ivory Coast.

The latest Osimhen news, while not jaw-jarring, should coax a smile out of his fans.

Latest Osimhen news: Striker appreciates his fans in Yoruba

Osimhen news: striker thanks fans in Yoruba
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In the interview Osimhen had after the Super Eagles beat Ivory Coast 1-0, the African Footballer of the Year took a sly dig at the Super Eagles fans, but the young fan may have realised the folly in the act and tried to make up for it.

The Edo-born striker was born and bred in Lagos, and might be lost on many fans that the forward could be multilingual.

Osimhen showed the softer side of his mien when he thanked his numerous fans. Speaking in Yoruba, he appreciated them.

The message was short and direct, and here is the translation.

“My fans, thank you so much. You will not be put to shame. I appreciate your support for me a lot. God will continue to watch over you. Your endeavours will not meet with failure. Thank you.”

Osimhen’s earlier criticism of Super Eagles fans

Osimhen news: thanks fans
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The latest Osimhen news runs contrary to his earlier interview, where he said the Super Eagles fans are hard to satisfy.

He said even if the team won 12-0 or 7-0, the fans would still have something to complain about.

It followed on the heels of the captains of the side, Ahmed Musa and Troost Ekong, mouthing the same rhetoric of how difficult it was to please Nigerian fans.

Musa said that no matter what they did, people would still have something to say.

Perhaps the fans would mellow and give the team maximum support in future games.

The Super Eagles will take on Guinea Bissau in their last group game on Monday. A win could help them finish atop Group A.

This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter.