Recently, the Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen, on Sunday equalled Samson Siasia’s goals record for the Super Eagles after netting a brace against Sierra Leone during their 2023 AFCON qualifier clash.
The Super Eagles won the game 3-2 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Liberia to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament, with Kelechi Iheanacho’s late minute tap-in sealing the ticket.
Osimhen’s two goals were his 16th and 17th respectively, leapfrogging Odion Ighalo and Ahmed Musa who are both on 16 goals to join former Eagles coach, Siasia, in sixth position on the all-time Nigeria goals scorers list.
Osimhen, who has established himself among the world’s finest strikers, after firing Napoli to the Scudetto last season, is now one goal shy of Obafemi Martins’ 18 goals.
Late Rashidi Yekini leads the chart with 37 goals from 67 games – 20 more than Osimhen — but fans have backed the Napoli striker to surpass his feat if he sustains his scoring form for the Eagles.
Last June, Osimhen scored four goals in a remarkable 10-0 win for Nigeria against Sao Tome and Principe in Abuja in the AFCON qualifying series. His goalscoring heroics came days after he had netted the winner in a 2-1 win over Sierra Leone on match-day one of the qualifiers.
Fresh off becoming the highest scoring African in Serie A history with 50 goals, breaking Geoge Weah’s record, the Nigeria international has now set his sights on the national record.