Didier Drogba is my idol – Nigeria U17 striker Victor Osimhen

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Nigeria under-17 striker Victor Osimhen says that he hopes to follow in the footsteps of his idol: Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba.

Osimhen, 16, has impressed at the FIFA U17 World Cup as he sits  atop  the scoring table on seven goals.

The striker’s record of 39 goals in 71 appearances for the holders before the tournament is excellent and he has attracted a host of attention for his performances in Chile as Nigeria topped Group A, and advanced to the semi finals after beating Brazil 3-0 in the quarter finals.

“If people are really talking about me, that makes me proud. “I always knew it would be hugely satisfying to get the chance to show what I can do in a tournament like this.

“Didier Drogba is my role model. He represents the kind of player and person I’d like to be. I hope to develop the same ability to use the ball and score important goals. He’s an icon, a legend. I’d love to be able to play like him — or even better.”

The Golden Eaglets’ vice-captain has already starred at the CAF African U17 Championship in March and is enjoying the chance to showcase his skills on a bigger stage.

“Everything I’ve been through here has been an incredible experience,” he added. “I feel no pressure at all.

“We’ve had the same staff in place for a while now and they’ve taught me to manage it, and also how to manage the support from the fans and any intimidation from opposition players. I’m ready for all of that.

“Our first objective was to play well, and we’ve done that. Our second is to lift the trophy. As holders, there’s no point aiming any lower.”



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