Amara Diouf, a young footballer from Senegal, has made history by breaking the scoring record at the U-17 AFCON, which was previously held by Nigerian football star Victor Osimhen. After a stunning performance in Algeria, Diouf led Senegal to the semifinals and secured their spot at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru later this year.
Reflecting on his success, Diouf paid tribute to Osimhen and expressed his desire to follow in the footsteps of the Nigerian star. “It is always the right path if you follow the examples set by the best players in the competition. This is a massive thing for me and I am really delighted to break the record. It means a lot to me and hopefully, I can also follow his path of success,” he told CAF Online.
Diouf’s brace against South Africa brought his total to five goals in the competition, surpassing Osimhen’s record of four goals in the U-17 AFCON set in the 2015 edition in Niger Republic. He was also awarded the man of the match for the third time in four matches.
After the match, Diouf expressed his delight at breaking Osimhen’s record and how much it meant to him. “It is a massive thing for me and I am really delighted to break the record. It means a lot to me,” he said.
The Senegalese youngster’s remarkable performance has earned him praise from fans and analysts alike. Diouf’s heroics in the competition demonstrate his potential to become a future star of African football, just like Osimhen, who has become a hero in Naples after an inspirational season with Napoli.
Overall, Diouf’s aim to follow in Osimhen’s footsteps is a testament to the impact that the Nigerian striker has had on African football. It shows how a player’s achievements can inspire and motivate young footballers to aim for success, both on and off the pitch.