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AFCON 2023: Osimhen express delight after overcoming Cote d’Ivoire challenge

Nigeria’s forward, Victor Osimhen, has expressed his delight after emerging as the standout player in the thrilling encounter against hosts Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday, securing a 1-0 victory for the Super Eagles.

Named Man of the Match, Osimhen shared his elation during a post-match press conference, emphasising the significance of overcoming the formidable host nation.

Following a lacklustre 1-1 draw in their opening match against Equatorial Guinea in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria exhibited resilience and determination, clinching a crucial win against Cote d’Ivoire, who were hosting the tournament.

The pivotal moment arrived in the 55th minute when Osimhen, dressed in green and white, earned a penalty, expertly converted by William Troost-Ekong to secure the lead.

In the post-match press conference, Napoli’s prolific striker, Osimhen, openly expressed his joy at the outcome of the game.

“It’s a beautiful victory; we knew we would face a strong Ivorian team,” he said.

Acknowledging the magnitude of the challenge posed by Cote d’Ivoire, Osimhen added,

“This match was a significant test for us, and we are thrilled to have overcome it.”

Assuring a consistent approach in upcoming matches, Osimhen emphasised adopting the same mentality displayed against the elephants.

“In the first match, we had numerous chances that we didn’t capitalise on.

“Today wasn’t different; we maintained the same mentality, and we hope this victory brings joy to everyone.

“We will carry this mindset into the remainder of the competition,” he pledged.

Looking ahead, the Nigerian team shifts their focus to the upcoming third match against Guinea-Bissau scheduled for Monday at the Stade Félix Houphouët Boigny in Abidjan.

“We aim for a strong performance against Guinea-Bissau.

“They will undoubtedly approach the game with determination, and we won’t underestimate any team, considering what they’ve done to qualify,” he said.