Following his sterling performance Super Eagles’ striker and FC Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen, in the on-going Serie A season, President of Liberia and former ‘World Footballer of the Year’ recipient, George Weah, as urged in the in-form striker to do more in the coming season.
Osimhen was a leading light in Napoli’s first Scudetto for the first time since 1990 when Argentine late legend, Diego Maradona did it in grand style for the Naples side and moments after Osimhen scored the equaliser against Udinese, it was his 47th goal of the season which is one more that the Liberian leader record set in the 90s, he took to social media to salute the former AC Milan legend whom he saw as a hero while growing up.
The Liberian leader replied him with challenging notes on his verified Facebook account and encouraged the Nigerian to go further and score 100 goals, win more titles especially Ballon d’Or and many more.
“My heartfelt congratulations to you, Victor Osimhen! I am very glad that you have accomplished a major milestone in your football career, after scoring your 47th goal in the Italian Serie A league.
“The records show that with this goal, which you netted on Sunday, May 7, 2023 when your team Napoli went against Fiorentina, effectively makes you the African with the highest scoring record in the Italian Serie A league – surpassing my own account of 46 goals.
“I am so proud of your exploits and congratulate you on this remarkable achievement which is a result of your hard work, dedication and tenacity.
“I am also pleased with your kind words of honour in tribute to me upon reaching such a giant milestone.
“However, I want to admonish you not be contented. There are many more of my records for you to break. I wish you go on to achieve greater success.
“I watched your goal against Udinese when your 52nd -minute header won the Scudetto for Napoli.
“Your movement, your passion, your determination and hunger brought back many memories to me. I wait for your 100th Goal in all competitions in Italy so that you can celebrate (but don’t remove your shirt like I did or you will get a Yellow Card)
“You have won one Scudetto. Great! When I won my first Scudetto with Milan, I said to myself, why one, why not two? I went on to win another Scudetto with Milan. I went on to win the Ballon d’Or.
“So why not two or more for you Victor? The sky is your limit. With your dedication, commitment, humility, hard work, you can conquer the World. Africa needs another World Best. Africa needs another European Best. You, Victor, can deliver that for us.
“The records that I set were meant not as a challenge, but as a motivation to you and other African Players.
“We have the best of talents. You have to remain humble, tenacious and focused. Don’t be distracted,” he remarked.
He also noted that there are many great African players in European leagues that are already up against the hurdles of playing against many odds in leagues and stadiums so far away from home which present challenges for them.