It was a good weekend for Nigerian strikers in Europe, with Osimhen’s first goal in over four months grabbing the headlines
Victor Osimhen is one of the many Nigerian strikers on target for their respective clubs in games played on Sunday.
Osimhen scored his first goal in four months as Napoli beat Bologna in the Italian Serie A. The Nigerian international doubled the Neapolitans lead in the second half after Lorenzo Insigne’s strike inside eight minutes.
Before Sunday’s clash, Osimhen’s last goal was also against Bologna back in November. The former Lille striker has struggled so far in his first season in Italy, but he now has three goals in 11 league games.
Meanwhile, Simy Nwankwo also scored a brace as Crotone secured their just fourth win of the season with a 4-2 victory over Torino.
Simy opened the scoring for Crotone from the penalty spot in the 27th minute before restoring Crotone’s lead in the 54th minute after Rolando Mandragora had drawn Torino level.
The 28-year-old now has ten goals in 24 league games in the Italian top-flight this season.
Osimhen and Simy were not the only Nigerian striker that had their scoring boots on as Paul Onuachu also scored his 25th league goal of the season in Genk’s 2-0 win over Cercle Brugge,
Onuachu is Nigeria’s best striker in Europe this season, and he continued his run in front of goal by scoring Genk’s opener in the 9th minute.
The 26-year-old slotted home following a ball from Theo Bongonda before Junya Ito’s strike in the 24th minute sealed a comfortable win for Genk.
Meanwhile, in Spain, Sadiq Umar scored the only goal as Almeria continued their push for promotion into the Spanish top-flight with a 1-0 win at Girona.
Umar fired Almeria ahead in the 71st minute courtesy of an assist from Brian Rodriguez. It’s his 14th league goal in 25 matches this season.
In Sweden, former Golden Eaglets star Akinkunmi Amoo scored a worldie to help Hammarby beat AIK in the Sweden Cup.
The 18-year-old opened the scoring with a strike made out of Lionel Messi’s playbook. It’s Amoo’s fourth goal in the Sweden Cup.