Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has offered support to protesters against police brutality in Nigeria after he scored his first Serie A goal of the season in Napoli’s 4-1 thumping of Atalanta on Saturday.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Lagos, Oyo, Abuja and other states in the country over the past week to protest against police brutality.
Osimhen, who had fired blanks in his first two league games, scored in the 43rd minute after a brace from Hirving Lozano and a strike from Matteo Politano to put Napoli into a four-goal lead before the break.
Sam Lammers came off the bench to grab a consolatory goal for Atalanta in the 69th minute.
After scoring the goal, Osimhen held up a shirt with the inscription “#End Police Brutality in Nigeria” to celebrate his goal.
The 21-year-old also tweeted after the game, “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. We move.”
Meanwhile, Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso is pleased to see his Nigerian striker open his goal account.
“It was a fully deserved win. We prepared for the game really well. I’m especially pleased for Osimhen because he hadn’t scored yet and he deserved a goal for all the hard work he’s been putting in for the team.
“Victor was a player I wanted and I’m grateful to the president for bringing him in. It wasn’t easy but we’ve got ourselves a fabulous player.”
Gennaro Gattuso’s side are third in the Serie A table with eight points from four games.
Napoli were handed a 3-0 defeat and docked a point after they failed to honour a league match against Juventus before the international break.