The 21-year-old Nigeria international who joined Napoli this summer from Lille for a transfer fee worth about €70 million, has always been on the verge of scoring his first Serie A goal in his first two league matches. He came very close in Napoli’s second match of the season against Genoa but only ended the match with an assist.
In Napoli’s encounter with Atalanta on Saturday, the Nigerian football star was very involved but had to wait until the 43rd minute of the match before he grabbed his first goal of the season in three league matches.
After scoring the goal, he celebrated with his coach, Gennaro Gattuso and they embraced themselves passionately before he went on to pick up a white shirt and then ran back to the pitch. The 21-year-old forward displayed the shirt which has the inscription “End Police Brutality in Nigeria”.
After the match, Osimhen took to his Twitter page to share pictures of the Serie A match including the picture where he was holding the white shirt. In the caption, the football star wrote: “Having accomplished all I thought was impossible for me through GOD, now I know better, time for some limitless goals and desire.GOD is the greatest. #endpolicebrutality #forzanapolisempre.
Here it is! Save it to your 💙 as an indelible memory! The only sad thing is that you could not hear and feel the roar of the 50k crowd screaming gooooal! And as @DecibelBellini announces the scorer, with 50k repeating it, over and over again, Victor Osimhen! 😃⚽️ pic.twitter.com/P6gUZmpeZt— Franco Neapolitan®️ 🌋 (@frankneapolitan) October 17, 2020
With such a gesture, Victor Osimhen has become one of the numerous football stars in the world who have risen their voices against the art of policemen in Nigeria harassing and brutalizing young people in the country in the name of suspecting them to be internet fraudsters.
The brutality young Nigerians have been suffering in the hands of the police has caused a high number of people to storm the streets of the country making demands relating to the need for police reforms in the country.
Gennaro Gattuso is proud of the first Serie A goal of Victor Osimhen
The football manager of Napoli, Gennaro Gattuso had said that the debut goal of Victor Osimhen made him happy because the striker deserved to score for the sake of his hard work so far.
He described Osimhen as a very important player for Napoli and noted that it was his wish for the Nigerian international to join the club from Lille this summer.
“I’m happy for Chucky’s brace, but Osimhen’s goal makes me happy because he hadn’t scored so far and he deserved it for the hard work done for the team,” said Gattuso.
“Victor was my wish and I thank the President for having satisfied me. It wasn’t easy but we have bought a player who is very important to us.”
The 4-1 victory over Atalanta on Saturday has taken Napoli to the 3rd spot on the league table. The club has played three matches on the pitch which they won. However, Serie A deducted a point from their accumulated points and forced them to forfeit their match against Juventus for failing to show up for it as planned. Afterward, Serie A declared Juventus 3-0 winners of the match.
The next encounter waiting for Napoli is in the Europa League against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday. While Napoli next Serie A match will be against Benevento on October 25.