Much has been said already about ace goal scorer, Victor Osimhen. But I bet there are some things you have never heard about him, read on and be inspired.

1. His middle name is James, and he was born on 29th December 1998 (this will make him 17 this year).

2. His surname Osimhen means ”God is Good”

3. He is 1.85m – about 6 feet 1 inch – tall, and plays as a centre-forward striker.

4. He is a right footer who currently plays for Ultimate Strikers Academy.

5. He is the last of 6 children, and learned how to play football by watching his elder brother.

6.  He hawked sachet water and other commodities on the streets of Lagos together with his siblings to support their humble parents.

7. He has other talents – music for example – and likes rap music. One of his favourite artistes is Olamide, and his favourite song is “Sitting on the Throne” by Olamide.

8. He started playing in a team when he joined the senior team of a neighbourhood club as a striker, where his elder brother also played.

9. He got his first start in the U-17 team in a 2014 friendly match. He scored two goals on this debut.

10. One of his best goals was his second goal against Zambia at the 2015 U-17 African Championship in Niger earlier in the year. This, he believed was very good because it was solid reflection of what he had learned in training under coach Amuneke which is “accuracy first, before power.”  He also believes it was a great tournament because the team was able to achieve their objective of qualifying for the World Cup in Chile.

 11. His guiding principle in life is that “Football is not just about scoring goals – it’s about winning” which is credited to have been said by former England Captain and Newcastle United player, Alan Shearer.

 12. His idol and source of inspiration is Ivorian, Didier Drogba, because according to him “Drogba is the type of player who doesn’t give up, and who possesses fighting spirit. He is also very passionate; always serious on the field and whatever the circumstance, he would try and score for his team.”

13. He was one of the top goal scorers at Niger 2015 with four goals in 6 matches. He is also currently tied at 9 goals with Ivory Coast’s Souleymane Coulibaly and France’s Florent Sinama Pongolle. A goal on Sunday will make him the U-17 all-time highest goal scorer (which he is).

14. He believes that the success of the team comes first, and it is his aspiration to always score goals for the team whenever he’s  given the opportunity to play.

15. He has been described as ‘very humble’, and even coach Emmanuel Amuneke believes he has something special because according to him “he is always ready to give his best for the common good of the team, and always manages to get the job done for the team.” To him, the biggest priority is not being the highest goal scorer at U-17 World Cup, but to ensure Nigeria retains the title.

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