Gernot Rohr has commended himself for sticking to his decision to pick the Lille forward for AFCON duties earlier in the year ahead of other strikers in the face of harsh criticisms from far and wide.
Victor Osimhen has improved tremendously since being part of the Super Eagles squad to the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt, with the German tactician pleased to see the 20-year-old delivering the goods following the retirement of AFCON goal king Odion Ighalo.
Manager Gernot Rohr made an unpopular decision to axe struggling Leicester City frontman Kelechi Iheanacho from the squad that won bronze medal in Egypt and in his place went with rookie Victor Osimhen who had no senior goal to his name prior to the tournament.
However, the former Sporting Charleroi striker is a man reborn after scoring four goals in four games since the AFCON ended with his latest feat being a brace in Nigeria’s 4-2 triumph over Lesotho in Maseru on Sunday. Osimhen equally bagged two assists in that game to complete an outstanding individual display.
The Super Eagles coach however believes that being a part of the AFCON experience and having the time to understudy Odion Ighalo – who emerged tournament’s highest goalscorer with 5 goals – has helped Osimhen become a better player.
“We had the best goalscorer in the AFCON, he wanted to retire and we had to find a solution,” Rohr told reporters after the Lesotho game, as monitored by Soccernet.ng.
”When I took Osimhen to the AFCON as part of the 23-man list, a lot of you were very critical, they asked why I didn’t take Kelechi (Iheanacho) for example.
”He learnt a lot in the AFCON, watching, playing in the last match, seeing this very good goalscorer Ighalo, seeing Musa and now he is progressing.
”He’s in a good club Lille in France and scoring a lot of goals, confidence is there and this good understanding with the other players is good for a center forward.”