Osimhen’s Age Not A Problem
Former Nigeria captain Christian Chukwu has dismissed the suggestion that Golden Eaglets’ star Victor Osimhen is currently too young to succeed with the Nigeria U23 team.
The 2015 Fifa U17 golden boot and silver ball winner made Samson Siasia’s 21-man squad to the African U23 Championship in Senegal.
And Chukwu feels that the 16-year-old defenders nightmare has what it takes to with the Dream Team VI in spite of his lack of experience at the highest level.
“Osimhen is a talented player and he is not too young to play in the Under-23 team,” Chukwu told Punch.
“Many world-class players began at a very young age. Pele and Neymar started playing for the Brazilian senior national team when they were very young.
“Osimhen is not even too young to play in the Super Eagles. The Under 23 team is a good place for him to develop and I believe his participation in the tournament (Senegal 2015) will do him a lot of good as well as helping the team.”
The former Super Eagles head coach also advised the Nigeria U23 team to a win their first match against Mali on Sunday to put them in a good position for the title challenge.
“The first match of any competition is very important if the team wants to go far.
“ It helps to avoid the trouble of resulting to permutations to leave the group and it also eases pressure off a team in the other matches,” he concluded.