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How Super Eagles Striker Victor Osimhen Transformed From a "Pure Water" Seller to a Football Star

Basically everyone loves the grass to grace story as humans like to hear about someone's end being better than their beginning.

That is an experience Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen can relate to. The 21 year-old is currently being celebrated as the new star of Nigeria's senior men's national team due to his recent exploits for club and country. Osimhen's story, though, is not as smooth sailing as his current ability to seamlessly score goals. 

The Lille forward has revealed he sold sachet water popularly called pure water while growing up in Lagos. Speaking on Nigeria Info FM he said things were rough with his family as a child. 

"My brother was a vendor at Ojota … And while I was growing up, I lost my mom and the following month or two months after, my dad lost his job," he said.

It was really difficult for the family, so I had to go out to support my sisters also. And I went to sell pure water. Sometimes I'll sell at the dump site where they throw the trash out. Sometimes I'll go to Ojota where there's go-slow. I did a lot of jobs."

Osimhen's competitive football journey started with him playing in his community team, Olusosun United some years ago, and when the opportunity came in 2015 to fight for a chance to feature for Nigeria's Under-17 national team (Golden Eaglets), he was eager to grab it with both hands. 

However, he explained there was another hurdle to overcome. 

"At first I was training with the Lagos State team to go to Abuja, (for) five or six months. (Heading) to the last month of the competition I was dropped, deemed not to be good, by the coaches." 

"I had to go back to restrategize and to continue training. Then I met a guy at the national stadium that said he'll like to take me to Abuja… I summoned the courage to follow him.. We went to Abuja by road. The next morning I went to the screening. (There was) 15 minutes to prove yourself. I think I scored two goals in the space of 15 minutes."

Osimhen explained that after scaling past another of such tests, he was told by Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amuneke to join the team. 

He went on to finish as top scorer in the 2015  Under-17 World Cup helping Nigeria to win the title. 

After the World Cup success, Osimhen was signed by German club Wolfsburg. It was a move that didn't work out well for him prompting him to join Charleroi on loan in 2018.  His time with the Belgian outfit was successful as he hit double figures in goals. That good form attracted French side Lille to get his services in 2019, a move that has helped his career blossom even further as he has scored 10 goals in 18 league games so far. 

For Nigeria's Super Eagles, Osimhen has found the back of the net three times in the qualifying series for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The story is a reminder that if we keep chasing our dreams with hard work and consistency, success is never too far away.


By Chuma Nnoli

Twitter: @ChumaNnoli

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