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Nigeria’s forward, Victor Osimhen, expressed his satisfaction at being the standout player in the exciting match against hosts Cote d’Ivoire, securing a 1-0 victory for the Super Eagles.

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Designated as the Man of the Match, Osimhen shared his joy during a post-match press conference, highlighting the importance of overcoming the formidable host nation.

Following a lackluster 1-1 draw in their opening match against Equatorial Guinea in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria showed resilience and determination, securing a crucial win against the tournament hosts, Cote d’Ivoire.

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The turning point occurred in the 55th minute when Osimhen, clad in green and white, earned a penalty, skillfully converted by William Troost-Ekong to establish the lead.

During the post-match press conference, Napoli’s prolific striker openly expressed his happiness with the game’s outcome.

“It’s a wonderful victory; we knew we would face a strong Ivorian team,” he said.

Recognizing the significance of the challenge posed by Cote d’Ivoire, Osimhen added,

“This match was a substantial test for us, and we are thrilled to have overcome it.”

Ensuring a consistent approach in upcoming matches, Osimhen stressed the importance of maintaining the same mentality displayed against the Elephants.

“In the first match, we had numerous chances that we didn’t capitalize on.

“Today wasn’t different; we maintained the same mentality, and we hope this victory brings joy to everyone.

“We will carry this mindset into the remainder of the competition,” he pledged.

Looking ahead, the Nigerian team shifts their focus to the upcoming third match against Guinea-Bissau scheduled for Monday at the Stade Félix Houphouët Boigny in Abidjan.

“We aim for a strong performance against Guinea-Bissau.

“They will undoubtedly approach the game with determination, and we won’t underestimate any team, considering what they’ve done to qualify,” he said.

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