Victor James Osimhen became Africa’s highest goal scorer in a single season in the Italian Serie A following his goal against Udinese in the 1-1 draw that helped Napoli win the domestic championship for the first time since 1990.
The Nigerian powered home a shot through the crowd after a box 18 scramble from a corner kick to help Napoli level matters Sandi Lovrić had given Udinese the lead in the first half.
Osimhen’s 22nd goal of the season made him the first player to score as many goals in a single campaign, breaking the 21-goal record Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o Fils set during the 2010/11 season while on the books of Inter Milan.
The Nigerian forward played a key role in helping Napoli win their third Scudetto – first since Diego Armando Marandona inspired them to conquer Italy in 1990.
The former LOSC Lille and VFL Wolfsburg front man also matched George Weah’s record for most goals by an African in the Italian Serie A with 46 goals. He could break that record during the remaining five games of the Serie A season.
Cameroon international Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa is a key member of the celebrated Napoli side. He scored twice and made four assists as Luciano Sphaletti’s men from Naples conquered Italy.
“It is an amazing feeling, we have waited so many years for this moment. To be able to deliver the Scudetto to the Neapolitans is something that we will never forget in a hurry and will continue to live in our hearts for the rest of our lives,” Osimhen said to DAZN after the game.
Sphaletti’s side is already being compared to some of the greatest Napoli sides ever largely thanks to the ease with which they conquered Italy that produced four European clubs competitions semi-finalists this season.
Fiorentina, AS Roma, Inter and AC Milan are all European clubs competitions semi-finalists this season but none could come close to Osimhen and co in the title race.
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