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 criticized the 23-year-old on Supersport, saying, “Victor Osimhen is a talented player but is not yet a finished product, forget he’s playing for Napoli.” Instead of trying to do a bicycle kick, he may have controlled some of those crosses.
“He’s still a young player, but I’m hoping he can develop with 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.”
Oshoala had written, “Werey dem say make u no dey do bicycle kick.”
The former Lille striker then replied, “I go continue dey do am, no be that pundit go tell me wetin to do. Agbaya“
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.
During his recent appearance on Channels TV, Ikpeba revisited the issue, saying he could father Osimhen and advised him to grow up and humble himself.
He also told the youngster to emulate the characters of Liverpool stars like Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and concentrate on his football career.
“I have seen the timeline of what happened, I can be the father to the young Victor, I have seen Victor before, very modest good young lad.
“A lot of things came to play, sometimes players can take decisions because of emotions and respond, so I’ve really moved on.
“Victor is one of those players that have a lot of character. He still needs to grow up, he’s not yet the finished article, he’s going to be one of our top players in the future, but he needs to humble himself and try to learn.
“It’s a learning process, he knows how many years it took him to be in Napoli so my only advice to him is to look at the way the likes of Salah, Mane carry themselves and concentrate on his footballing career,” he added.