Victor Osimhen: First Serie A hat-trick leaves Nigerian striker hungry for more

Victor Osimhen: First Serie A hat-trick leaves Nigerian striker hungry for more

Victor Osimhen celebrates his hat-trick for Napoli against Sassuolo
Victor Osimhen’s treble against Sassuolo took him to seven goals in eight Serie A appearances this season.

Nigeria international Victor Osimhen hopes he can continue his goalscoring form after scoring a hat-trick for Napoli in their 4-0 win over Sassuolo in Serie A.

He scored twice in the opening 19 minutes and grabbed his third 13 minutes into each to take his league goals to seven this season – and give him a share of the top spot in the Golden Boot race with Austria’s Marko Arnautovic.

“That was my first professional hat-trick so I’m really excited about it,” Osimhen told BBC Sport Africa.

“It’s been a great comeback after a few challenges at the start of the season and I hope to continue this form.

“As a striker you always want to help your team, so I want to stay hungry for more.”

Osimhen spent over a month out with a thigh injury but has scored six goals in his last four appearances in all competitions since his return.

Became the fifth African to score a hat-trick in Italian Serie A after Liberia’s George Weah (for AC Milan in 1998), Cameroon’s Patrick Boma (Cagliari in 1999), Egypt’s Mohamed Salah (AS Roma in 2016) and Keita Balde from Senegal (Lazio in 2017).

Former Wolfsburg and Charleroi striker Osimen moved to Italy from Lille two years ago and, after two ‘training periods’, the Super Eagles star is spearheading Napoli’s chase for a first league title in 33 years.

“No one knows everything. I keep growing and learning,” he added.

Napoli return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Liverpool in their final Champions League Group A game (20:00 GMT). Both teams have already secured a place in the last 16.

Beating Maradona’s records

With Osimhen in clinical form, Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli have built a five-point lead at the top of Serie A after 12 rounds.

The club’s current run of 13 consecutive victories in all competitions has surpassed the previous record of 11 set by Diego Maradona’s side in 1986-87, the season in which the Argentine legend captained Napoli to their first title championship.

“I would like to congratulate all my teammates. They are top players and the whole team is blessed with quality,” Osimhen said. the club’s website.external link

“I would also like to thank the coach for the faith he has shown in me and I want to continue this, both individually and collectively.

“Every time I score I dedicate my goal to my daughter. This hat-trick is for her.”

In June, Osimhen scored four goals for Nigeria dismantled minnows Sao Tome e Principe 10-0 in the qualifiers for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

An under-17 World Cup winner with the West Africans in 2015, he is the top scorer in the 2023 Nations Cup qualifiers with five goals.

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