Former CAF and FIFA technical advisor, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde and ex-Nigerian international, Etim Esin are backing Golden Eaglets star striker, Victor Osimhen to smash the all-time scoring record of nine goals in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Ahead of tomorrow’s semi-final showdown in Chile, Osimhen has banged in eight goals at the on-going FIFA U17 World Cup 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.
Etim who incidentally represented Nigeria at the 1987 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile says Osimhen is capable of scoring more goals and setting a new record.
“Records are meant to be broken. Osimhen can do it. I believe he can do, and nicely too. Gerd Muller’s World Cup stood for so long and it took a certain Lionel Messi showed up and break it,’’ said Esin in a chat with Nigerian Pilot Sports.
“He has already sold himself to the world. Now I’m sure every top club in Europe will want him in their team. My advice will be for him to keep a cool head and allow Coach Emmanuel Amunike sort out his future for him before he ends up in the wrong club.
Chief Onigbinde believes Osimhen has the world at his feet. He said whether the gangling striker will score more goals at Chile 2015 depends on how Coach Amunike will set up his team in the remaining games.
“It depends on how the team is handled. No single player can score goals alone. Football is a team game. That explained why a player in the class of Messi would buy wrist watches to his team-mates after winning the Ballon D’or. In football, the man who ends up scoring might not have been the creator of the goal. When I was in CAF and FIFA, I used to stay away from nominating any player because I know a player who doesn’t score may be the most valuable player.
Osimhen has already equaled the eight goals of Germany’s Marcel Witecczek in China 1985.
He is the highest scoring Nigeria player at the FIFA U17 World Cup and he will 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.

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