Nigeria is home to an emerging crop of centre-forwards right now, with Super Eagles strikers making their mark across Europe’s top leagues.
There’s a number of Nigerian names who have started the season in strong form, raising optimism that the African nation can challenge with the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations fast approaching.
Jose Peseiro is hardly short of firepower as he looks to lead Nigeria to a first continental triumph in a decade and we’ve profiled five Nigerian forwards who are thriving at club level this season.
Victor Osimhen is the poster-boy for Nigerian football right now, having emerged as one of Europe’s most coveted centre-forwards at Napoli. The 24-year-old is arguably the most popular player in Naples since the legendary Diego Maradona, having achieved cult status with his role in the club’s drought-breaking Serie A title last season.
Osimhen scored 26 league goals to win the Capocannoniere award as Serie A’s leading scorer and fired 31 goals in all competitions as Napoli also reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.
Despite reported interest from Europe’s wealthiest clubs, Napoli held on to their prized possession and Osimhen has picked up where he left off, scoring three goals in four league appearances this season.
Boasting power, pace and an extraordinary leap, Osimhen is capable of scoring all manner of goals from simplistic tap-ins, to thunderous drives, and towering headers.
He’s scored 20 goals in just 26 caps for the Super Eagles at international level and is already fourth among Nigeria’s record scorers, chasing down the nation’s all-time goal record currently held by Rashidi Yekini (37).
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