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…as Ghanaians react to brace against Udinese

Victor Osimhen bagged a second-half brace against Udinese and created various records in the process.

He became the first Nigerian to hit double figures in consecutive seasons in the Serie A and also grabbed the 70,000th and 70,001st goals in the Italian top flight.

The Super Eagles attacker also became just the fourth African to hit double figures in consecutive seasons in the Serie A.

Osimhen has been listed as one of the players to prosecute the fixture and is expected to lead the line for Nigeria when they take on the Black Stars.

The games have seen fans of both teams exchange banter and also brag about their team’s chances ahead of the game.

Nigeria and Ghana are agelong arch-rivals dating as far back as the 1960s.

The former Lille forward met an excellent Mario Rui free-kick perfectly to nod in the equaliser seven minutes into the second 45.

The 23-year-old then showed brilliant awareness to meet Di Lorenzo’s low cross with a first-time finish to secure all three points for Il Partenopei.

Only last week, Osimhen netted both goals as Napoli claimed a hard-fought 2-1 win at Verona.

His latest brace makes him the first Nigerian to score 10 goals or more in different seasons in the Italian Serie A.

Apoli boss Spalletti is aware that the Neapolitans are still in the title race because of Osimhen’s brilliance. And the 63-year-old tactician is convinced that the club’s record signing is even better than what people say.

“He is a footballer who manages to go beyond his limit,” a delighted Spalletti told the press after the encounter.

“When you think he is at his maximum potential, he manages to give an extra boost. He is a strong footballer, but you don’t push him too far. We don’t pay him enough compliments.”

Unfortunately for Napoli, Osimhen picked up a yellow card deep into stoppage time after a handball incident.

The Super Eagles striker has accumulated five yellow cards and will be suspended for his side’s next league clash against Atalanta after the international break

Victor Osimhen leveled for Napoli in the 52nd minute to score his tenth goal of the season in the Serie A.

Osimhen’s goal was enough to create a new Serie A record for a Nigerian as he has now reached double figures in two seasons.

Many Nigerian attackers have played in the Serie A including Obafemi Martins who had a double figure once, Ayo Makinwa, Victor Obinna Nsofor, Kanu Nwankwo and Simy Nwankwo who hit 20 league goals last season in the Serie A.

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