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Osimhen is not the new Yekini – Ex-Eagles star cautions


Super Eagles and Lille forward Victor Osimhen not to get carried away with his recent fine form for club and country.

Ikpeba also told the young striker to shun any comparison with Nigerian legend late the Rashidi Yekini, and rather focus on his career.

Osimhen is Lille top scorer this season with 11 goals in 21 appearances in all competitions so far and has also netted four times for the Super Eagles this year.

After scoring thrice in Nigeria’s 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho, he revealed his desire to replace late former African footballer of the year as Eagles all-time top scorer, with fans branding him the new Rashidi Yekini.

Interestingly, Ikpeba, who played alongside late Yekini, cautioned Osimhen not to get carried away by pockets of success recorded so far, even as he dismissed comparison between the 20-year-old as new Yekini.

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“I spoke with Victor (Osimhen) recently in Uyo, I told him he should put his legs down, he should not get carried away, the journey is still long, he is not the new (Rashidi) Yekini yet, but he has the potential to be one of the best strikers we have in Nigeria and the Super Eagles.

“So these players, people around them have to tell them the truth. They have to keep on working hard to get to the top of their professional career, ” Ikpeba told Brila FM.

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