Amuneke shaped my ca­reer – Osimhen

The Punch - - SPORTS - ’Tosin Oluwalowo

Su­per Ea­gles striker, Vic­tor Osimhen, has hailed for­mer Golden Ea­glets coach Em­manuel Amuneke for shap­ing his ca­reer into be­com­ing a top-class foot­baller he is to­day.

Osimhen, in an in­ter­view on the Su­per Ea­gles Youtube page, said Amuneke taught him dis­ci­pline as a foot­baller.

“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 said.

“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 I went through 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.

Amuneke coached the Ea­glets to the U-17 World Cup in Chile in 2015, where they won their fifth ti­tle.

Osimhen emerged the tour­na­ment’s top scorer, scor­ing 10 goals.

The Ea­gles star also dis­closed why he chose the No. 7 jersey at Lille, af­ter join­ing for €15m from Sport­ing Charleroi last Au­gust.

“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 also.

“They asked me why I chose the num­ber, and I told them I re­ally wanted it and that was what my my chose. 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 added.

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