Napoli clinched their first Serie A title in 31 years, thanks to a 1-1 draw against Udinese at the Dacia Arena. The hero of the night was Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, who scored his 22nd goal of the season in the league and his 27th in all competitions from 34 games.
The game started with Udinese scoring a brilliant team goal in the 13th minute through Sandi Lovric, who was set up by Italian-Nigerian defender, Destiny Udogie. The goal was checked by VAR, causing a brief wait before the players erupted with joy as the decision went in their favour.
Throughout the game, Osimhen was a threat to the Udinese defence, latching onto precise lofted passes into the penalty area and powering headers at goal. However, his attempts were saved by Udinese’s goalkeeper, Marco Silvestri, who produced sensational saves.
Osimhen eventually found the back of the net in the 52nd minute from a rebound, sending Napoli fans into delirium. He had another opportunity in the 67th minute, but the effort was overruled due to a dangerous play leading to that after Kvaratskhelia crossed the ball into the vital area with a delightful dribble prior to that.
The Nigerian striker had an all-round great game, making his 25th start in the league, and was presented with several chances throughout the match. However, he was not the only Nigerian player on the pitch as Kingsley Ehizibue, also Nigeria-eligible, was lucky to escape the referee’s yellow card when he fouled an opponent. Unfortunately, both Ehizibue and Udogie had to be substituted off with injuries in the second half.
In conclusion, Napoli’s Serie A triumph was sealed thanks to Osimhen’s contribution and it is a historic moment for the club, which has been made iconic by the late Diego Maradona.
Victor Osimhen has equalled George Weah’s record for the Highest African Goalscorer in Serie A with 46 goals.
He has also broken Samuel Eto’o record for the Most Goals Scored by an African Player in a Single Serie A Season with 22 goals.