Eagles too reliant on Osimhen – Esin

By Daily Sports Nigeria on June 20, 2024

Former Nigerian international, Etim Esin, has expressed concern over the Super Eagles’ reliance on Napoli striker Victor Osimhen for goals, calling for a more diversified attacking strategy, PUNCH Sports reports.

Esin noted that the team’s goal-scoring burden should not rest solely on Osimhen’s shoulders.

“Back then, we used to have multiple sources for our goals, but now it seems to come either through Osimhen or his work. That is not acceptable in this modern era of football,” Esin told our correspondent.

“So, if Osimhen doesn’t play, we can’t have goals? He should even be rested in some of these games, like against Benin, even if he was fit, he should have been rested. That is how football is played, good link-up plays and goals coming from all corners of the team.”

Esin’s comments come amid ongoing controversy surrounding Osimhen and the embattled former coach Finidi George. The Napoli striker has been on the edge of fans criticisms following his social media outburst against Finidi.

The altercation began after Finidi reportedly claimed he would not beg Osimhen to play for the national team following his withdrawal from two crucial 2026 World Cup qualifiers due to injury.

Osimhen, who was replaced by Enugu Rangers defender Kenneth Igboke, responded angrily, claiming he had informed Finidi about his condition.

The fallout from the dispute has seen a divided fan base, with some criticising Osimhen for his approach and others defending his right to express his frustrations. Adding to the drama, former Nigeria goalkeeper Idah Peterside urged Osimhen to apologise to Finidi, suggesting a ban from the national team, if he failed to do so.

Source Punch Ng

Posted June 20, 2024


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