Osimhen led the line for Nigeria in their match against the Ivory Coast on Thursday evening. It was a narrow 1-0 victory for Nigeria, with a 55th-minute penalty from William Troost-Ekong sealing the win. The penalty was awarded after Osimhen was brought down in the box by Ousmande Diomande. This victory increases Nigeria’s chances of advancing to the knockout phases of the tournament.
Before the match, there was a wholesome moment between Osimhen and Didier Drogba in the tunnel. Drogba, a football legend and Osimhen’s idol, embraced the Nigerian striker before the Super Eagles headed out for their warm-up. This touching moment was captured on camera.
Nigeria will now play their final group game against Guinea Bissau, who have already been eliminated from the tournament. With less pressure on them, Nigeria will look to secure another victory. On the other hand, the Ivory Coast will face an in-form Equatorial Guinea.
Osimhen’s admiration for Drogba is well-known, and there is speculation about the Nigerian’s future, with some linking him to a potential move to Chelsea. It raises the question of whether Drogba is trying to influence Osimhen’s decision by acting as his agent. Only time will tell if Osimhen will follow in Drogba’s footsteps and join the former Chelsea player’s former club.
In an old clip, Osimhen had revealed that Drogba is his role model, further highlighting the admiration and respect he has for the Ivorian superstar.