The Nation (Nigeria)

Four-star Osimhen shines in Napoli’s pre-season win

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SUPER Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has sent a warning to Serie A deond fenders ahead of next season after the Nigeria internatio­nal scored four goals in Napoli’s rout of Anaunia in their first pre-season game at Di Mario.

Osimhen joined Napoli for a club and African record fee last season, but his debut campaign did not go as expected.

The former Lille star missed more than three months of action due to an injury and coronaviru­s. However, he still managed to score ten goals in 24 league games, including seven in the last 11.

The 22-year-old has now picked up from where he left off last season as he was on fire in Napoli’s first pre-season game of the summer.

Eljif Elmas put Gli Azzurri ahead in the fourth minute before Osimhen doubled the advantage four minutes later. The Super Eagles star got his secin the 20th minute after Konstantin­os Manolas had made it three in the 15th minute.

Osimhen then got his hat-trick and Napoli’s fifth in the 35th minute before scoring his fourth two minutes later.stanislav Lobotka’s strike on the stroke of half-time made it a perfect seven in the opening half for Spalletti’s men.

The second half resumed with the former Roma coach changing the whole starting eleven, but Osimhen has already shown what to expect under his tutelage.

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