Sporting Charleroi move has restored my confidence, says Victor Osimhen

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The Nigeria youngster has rediscovered his goalscoring touch since his switch to the Belgian top-flight side

Victor Osimhen has stated that his move to Sporting Charleroi from Wolfsburg restored his confidence.

On the back of his impressive performance at 2015 Under 17 World Cup with Nigeria, emerging the top scorer to claim both the Golden Boot and Silver Ball, the attacker joined the former German Bundesliga champions.

However, the 19-year-old failed to settle into the Wolves' senior set-up amid injury struggles and was shipped on loan to Charleroi this summer.

Since moving to Belgium, the youngster has rediscovered his form, scoring seven goals in 12 outings across all competitions.

"My confidence level was very low at some point and what going out on loan to Charleroi has done for me is unexplainable," Osimhen told BBC Sport.

"It was tough in Germany because of the high expectations - some people started doubting me and also pushed me to start doubting myself as well.

"The football in Belgium has helped, I also have a wonderful group of players around me and the coaching crew have been great with me.

"As a young player, you hear people comparing you to other stars who emerged from the under-17 World Cup and never fulfilled their potential.

"But now at Charleroi I have comfortably found my happiness again, and I thank everyone in Belgium and at Wolfsburg for the opportunity and support."

Osimhen's failure to get sufficient playing time and impress at Wolfsburg cost him a place in Gernot Rohr’s squad to the 2018 World Cup.

"I am still young and I think it wasn't meant to be, but I can still look forward to the future," he added.

However, the forward's recent form has earned him a recall to the senior national team and started the Super Eagles goalless draw with Uganda in Tuesday’s friendly game.

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"I thank coach [Gernot] Rohr for the opportunity to return to the squad and I hope to keep working hard to stay in his plans."

Charleroi host Cercle Brugge in their next Belgian First Division A  game on December 1 and the youngster will hope to continue his impressive form.

 

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