Its no longer news that on Sunday evening, Victor Osimhen etched his name into the history book of Nigeria with a breathtaking hat-trick, propelling the Super Eagles to a resounding 6-0 victory over Sao Tome in an electrifying AFCON Qualifiers clash and also receiving a huge reward for it.
The stage was set at the iconic Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, where Osimhen’s extraordinary performance left fans in so much excitement.
From the very beginning, the Napoli superstar displayed dominance over their opponents, slotting home goals in both the first and second halves, setting the tone for an emphatic win.
But Osimhen was not the sole hero of the night. The Nigerian team put on a spectacular show, with Taiwo Awoniyi, Lookman Ademola, and Samuel Chukwueze joining Osimhen on the scoresheet.
Awoniyi’s fantastic goal, coupled with Ademola Lookman’s stunning strike, propelled the Eagles to a commanding lead.
Napoli’s star striker wasn’t done yet. His precision from the spot, with a perfect spot kick, extended Nigeria’s advantage to 4-0. And then, he completed his hat-trick, marking the fifth goal for Nigeria in spectacular fashion.
In the 84th minute, Samuel Chukwueze sealed the deal with a mesmerizing goal, putting an exclamation point on the Eagles’ dominant performance.
The sponsors couldn’t help but take notice of Osimhen’s brilliance, and shortly after the match, he received a generous one-million-naira reward from MTN Nigeria for his remarkable performance during the encounter.
Osimhen also left the stadium with the match ball and the coveted Man of the Match trophy.
He has a remarkable feat of scoring 10 goals in the AFCON Qualifiers and also stands just 17 goals away from becoming the record Nigeria’s all-time highest goal scorer.