Grow up and humble yourself – Ikpeba replies Osimhen over bicycle kick role

Ikpeba replies Osimhen
Osimhen and Ikpeba

Ikpeba replies Osimhen

Victor Ikpeba, a former Super Eagles striker, has responded to Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, advising him to grow up and be humble.

The remarks follow the teenage striker’s retaliation for the former Nigerian international’s criticism of his bicycle kick attempts during Nigeria’s second-leg playoff against Ghana.

Ikpeba had criticised the 23-year-old on Supersport, saying, “Victor Osimhen is a good player but is not yet a finished article, forget he’s playing for Napoli.” Instead of trying to do a bicycle kick, he may have controlled some of those crosses.

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“He’s still a young player, but I’m hoping he can develop in Napoli and contribute to the national team in the future.” He must be able to distinguish between when to play the ball and when to use bicycle kicks.”

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However, Osimhen took a shot at Victor Ikpeba while responding to a comment made by Super Falcons star Asisat Oshoala on a post on his Instagram page.

“Werey dem say make u no dey do bicycle kick,” Oshoala had written. “I go continue dey do am, no be that pundit go tell me what to do,” the former Lille striker responded. Agbaya“

Grow up and be humble, says Ikpeba in response to Osimhen’s bicycle kick role.

Ikpeba addressed the topic again with journalists, claiming that he could be Osimhen’s father and advising him to mature and humble himself.

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He also advised the boy to model himself after Liverpool players Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah and to focus on his football career.

“I’ve seen the timeline of what happened, and I can be Victor’s father. I’ve seen Victor before, and he’s a very modest, good young lad.”

“A lot of things came into play, and players can sometimes make decisions based on emotions, so I’ve really moved on.”

“Victor is one of those athletes who exudes personality. He still needs to mature; he isn’t quite there yet; he will be one of our best players in the future, but he must humble himself and try to learn.

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“It’s a learning process; he knows how long it took him to get to Napoli, so my only advice to him is to observe how Salah and Mane conduct themselves and focus on his footballing career,” he continued.

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