Santiago - Golden Eaglets' talisman at the FIFA U-17 World
Cup Chile 2015, Victor Osimhen has spoken on why he dedicated his fifth goal of
the competition in the 6-0 thrashing of The Joeys of Australia to out-of-action
defender, Tobechukwu Ibe.
Wednesday’s match at the Estadio Sausalito saw Osimhen score
a hat-trick to take his tally so far in the competition to seven goals after
four matches. He had previously scored a
goal on the opening day in the 2-0 win over the USA; a brace in the 5-1
crushing of host Chile and a goal in the 2-1 defeat by Croatia.
Also read: FIFA U17 W/Cup: Osimhen eyeing Australia scalp
"Tobechukwu is one of our key players but he has not
played here; and immediately I scored the opening goal (against Australia), he
was the only one on my mind," said Osimhen who has notched up a total of
48 goals for Golden Eaglets after 77 matches in all competitions.
"He (Tobechukwu) is a good guy and has been encouraging
all of us to work harder." Going into Chile 2015, Tobechukwu was going to
be one of the mainstays in Golden Eaglets' back four until he suffered an
injury few days to the kickoff of the tournament but has gradually been working
his way back to fitness.
The ever-smiling Tobechukwu who has bore his disappointment
with self-control, admitted he felt special by the outpouring of love from
Osimhen and the team in general despite the fact that he has not played in the
"I'm happy for the team and especially Victor who came
to hug me after scoring the first goal today (Wednesday),” said Tobechukwu
which translates to mean 'praising God' in the Eastern part of the country.
Speaking on behalf of the team to the media afterwards,
Tobechukwu said team work and discipline has helped them so far, adding that
the Golden Eaglets would be ready to take on Brazil on Sunday for the
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