Victor Osimhen has been voted as the Serie A March player of the month for his performances in Napoli colours during the month.
headed into the international break on the back of two solid performances for the Partenopei which saw him net back-to-back Serie A braces against Udinese and Hellas Verona to help Napoli's title charge.
Osimhen now has 11 goals and three assists in the league for the club who sits in second place on the Serie A table, three points behind league leaders AC Milan. He has now scored double figures in his two seasons at the club, which could have been more if not for lengthy injuries in both seasons.
Osimhen beat AC Milan defender Pierre Kalulu and Arsenal midfielder on loan at Fiorentina, Lucas Torreira, to the award.
The statement from the LEGA Serie A board announcing Osimhen's award reads: “The EA SPORTS Player Of The Month award for March has been assigned to Napoli player Victor Osimhen.
“The trophy will be presented during the pre-match of Napoli vs Fiorentina, scheduled for Sunday 10th April 2022 at 3.00pm at the “Diego Armando Maradona” stadium in Naples.
“The ranking was compiled according to the statistical data of Stats Perform (a system patented in 2010 with K-Sport), with the help of tracking data recorded by Hawk-Eye. For the final calculation were considered the matchdays from 28 to 30 of Serie A TIM 2021/2022.”
The CEO of the Serie A, Luigi De Siervo, praised the Nigerian forward for his achievements in just two seasons in the league in a statement.
Osimhen receives praise
“Victor Osimhen has now achieved the status of one of the most dominant forwards in our league. Physical strength, speed, courage and determination make the number 9 one of the leaders of Napoli, an absolute reference point of the offensive plots of the Azzurri, as evidenced by the four goals in three matches in March”.
The former Lille striker is the second Napoli player to win the award this season, after African Cup of Nations winning captain, Kalidou Koulibaly.
Osimhen will be leading the line for Nigeria on Tuesday against Ghana as the Super Eagles battle for a World Cup ticket.
Musa: We all want to go to the World Cup
Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has talked about the desire of the team to be at Qatar later this year as one of Africa's representatives at the World Cup.
The winger, who is Nigeria's most capped player and also the top scorer at the tournament with four goals, talked about how important it is to the team.
“All the players, including myself, want to go to the World Cup. For me, it is very important, because it could be my last World Cup,” Musa said on Tuesday.
“I enjoyed the last two finals that I participated in; Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018. I want to experience it again. Most of the players in the present squad have not been to the World Cup and they desire to be there.
“We all know it won’t be easy. Ghana will come here to do battle, but we are ready for whatever they turn up with. I will not say more than that.”
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