Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has revealed why he chose the number 7 jersey at French side Lille.
The promising 21-year-old was signed in the summer from Belgian club Sporting Charleroi and has seen his stock rise since.
“When they (Lille) first presented the numbers that they had, I went for the No. 7, because the player who wore the jersey before (Rafael Leao) was a very good one, and he had a lot of luck and he has a lot of talent too,”Osimhen stated in an interview on the Super Eagles YouTube page.
“They asked me why I chose the number, and I told them I really wanted it and that was my choice. When I picked the number, I also presented it to God and of course, you can see that everything is going on well.
“After my debut, Rafael Leao messaged me on Instagram and we had a little chat about everything and about the club and we both wished ourselves well”
He was also full of praise of Emmanuel Amuneke for his role in grooming him while he was a Golden Eaglet. Amuneke coached Osimhen and his teammates on their way to winning the 2015 U-17 World Cup held in Chile, and he gave an account of his time under the tutelage of the former African Footballer of the Year.
“I would rewind to when I joined the U-17 and when I first went to the camp. In my own mentality, I felt the coach didn’t like me. Every time, he would speak to me and yell at me on the pitch. For me, I thought maybe he was making me to suffer,” Osimhen admitted.
“There was a time I wanted to leave the camp, I spoke to the coordinator and he told me to be calm that the coach knew what he was doing. For me, I think when you have chosen this path, you have to be disciplined. Discipline is the first thing, whether you have a coach or you don’t have a coach guiding you, I think discipline is the first thing. And I am really happy with what I went through with coach Emmanuel Amuneke.
“Everything I am today, everything I would be in the future, I attribute almost half of my success to him. Whatever I have achieved, he really set my path, he made me to understand life isn’t all about talent, you have to work hard, you have to be disciplined and listen to the coach’s instructions either on or off the pitch. I think other players that played under him can also testify, not just me.
“So, I think whatever path you choose, be it football or music or any other thing, you have to be disciplined and know what you are doing and what you want.”