By Ndubuisi Ekekwe
When he touched the zenith of African football, winning the CAF Player of the Year award, I dropped these lines on Victor Osimhen: “Victor has been phenomenal and has created a new era in Napoli Italy. Today, we have the eras of Diego Maradona and Victor Osimhen (that is not an exaggeration if you follow Serie A).”
Watching this young man is supremely delightful. He works hard for his team. He is generous to his team. He has an electrifying vision, making teammates better. His tenacity is unbounded. For his attacking prowess, he uses offense to build a great defense, allowing his goalkeeper to enjoy the game!
His field work rate is consistent with legends. They are great, and they deliver super-greats in teams. Usain Bolt ran the world’s best 9.58 seconds for 100 meters. But four Jamaicans ran the 4 x 100 meters relay at 36.84 seconds. If you run the numbers, each became better, running 100 meters, on average, at 9.21 seconds, when they ran together. Simply, by running together, they beat the individual world’s 100 meters record.
The effort of Victor today reminds me of Nigerian-native but Greek- registered Giannis Antetokounmpo who plays for Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis in some games will have the most points, most blocks, most assists, and everything! Through that, he led a team to an NBA championship.
Victor is very promising. For the very first time, I felt like I was watching a super eagle. Why? When you bring an eagle home in ancestral Igbo, the elders will take you to Ikoro, the large wooden drum the size of a room. Last night, I watched “Super Eagles” and if they continue to fly this way, the laurels can come home – and they can enter the “Ikoro” of Nigeria!
And for all, find “Victors” in your team. They do offer great assists in producing high performance teams, well beyond their individual brilliance.