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“Pair Me With Anyone, In Any Forward Position; I Just Want To Play” — Osimhen

Super Eagles and Napoli’s striker, Victor Osimhen has declared that he’s ready to play any forward position without caring whom he’s paired with.

The forward revealed that he just want to play and to contribute to the success of the team.

Osimhen is expected to take play for the Super Eagles in this weekend’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Sao Tome & Principe, at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

However, he told Pulse Sports, that he is ready to accept any decisions made by the coaching crew on the composition of the forward line.

Nigeria is one of the countries that blessed in the attacking departments in world football, able to name a strong forward squadron of five despite leaving out the likes of Terem Moffi, Sadiq Umar, Akor Adams, Cyriel Dessers and Chuba Akpom.

Naturally, the subject of how best to maximise this embarrassment of riches is front and centre in the minds of Super Eagles supporters the world over.

The Nigeria international, Osimhen over the course of his international career has played as a lone centre-forward, as well as alongside Moffi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Odion Ighalo, to name a few.

Now, he said he has no preferences, and is willing to adapt to increase Nigeria’s firepower upfront.

“For me, I don’t mind who I pair with because we’ve got amazing strikers: (Taiwo) Awoniyi is there, (Victor) Boniface is there, (Gift) Orban also, (Kelechi) Iheanacho is there also. So, whosoever the coach decides to pair with me or to play with any striker, I’m cool with it. For me, the team is the most important thing, before any individual player.

“I can play 4-4-2, I can play any position. For me, as long as it’s a forward [role], I can pair with anyone. So we are really looking forward to it.”

Nigeria have already qualified for next year’s AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire, but would secure top spot in the group with victory over Sao Tome on Sunday, September 10.

In the their last match against Sao Tome and Principe, Nigeria won with a 10 to nil.

The victory created a national record for largest margin of victory.


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