By Tosin Omojola
Nigeria U-17 star striker Victor Osimhen is now just a goal away from matching the all-time goals record of nine goals in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The gangling striker has scored eight goals in the on-going FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile and he is just a goal shy of the record jointly held by France Florentine Sinama Pongolle and Souleyman Coulibally of Mali in 2001 and 2008 respectively.
Osimhen has already equalled the eight goals of Germany’s Marcel Witecczek in China 1985.
His class has not been in doubt against three-time champions and could even have set a new World Cup record in that game but he was denied by Brazil goalkeeper Juliano, who made at least point-blank saves against the gangling No.9.
Osimhen is the highest scoring Nigeria player at the FIFA U-17 World Cup and hewill be the third Nigeria player to win the top scorer award at the competition after Wilson Oruma at Japan 1993 with six goals and Macauley Chrisantus at Korea 2007 with seven goals.