Lorient Star Moffi Inspired By Osimhen In Debut Ligue 1 Campaign



The Nigerian forward has an interesting maiden outing within the French top-flight together with his return ahead of goal

Lorient striker Terem Moffi has stated he’s motivated by Victor Osimhen’s feat within the French Ligue 1 after scoring eight goals in his debut season thus far .

The Nigerian forwards enjoyed similar paths after their initial meeting within the country’s U17 set-up, with stints within the Belgian First Division A before they moved to France.

Osimhen left his mark in Ligue 1 with 13 goals within the 2019-20 campaign – the goalscoring exploits earned him the Prix Marc-Vivien Foe before he switched to Italian Serie A club Napoli last August.

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Despite being Lorient’s top scorer this season, Moffi disclosed he didn’t set a private target for himself this term

“We played together within the U17s, I’ve known him for a few of years,” the Nigerian star told the Ligue 1 website. “He’s an honest guy, he’s been good to me on numerous occasions so it’s like ‘this guy, you’ve got to follow his progress, you’ve got to find out from him’.

“If he can roll in the hay in Belgium, why can’t I roll in the hay in Belgium, he did it in France, why can’t you are doing it in France also you understand? So it’s motivation on behalf of me , yes!”

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“As a matter of fact I didn’t set targets for this season,” Moffi concluded. “I was like ‘go, give your best’ but now i feel I even have surpassed what i used to be expecting so I just want to continue this manner and whatever God says happens, happens. No pressure, just do!”

Moffi is among the seven players on the Super Eagles’ stand-by list for the Africa Cup of countries qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho next week.

The 21-year-old recalled his meeting with Jay-Jay Okocha and his admiration for the ex-Paris Saint Germain star.

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He said: “I met him, and he told me ‘football is straightforward , you don’t need to do an excessive amount of . Just be you, enjoy yourself! He was an incredible dribbler, once I was younger I wont to watch his videos like step-overs and crossovers, it had been really an enormous a part of my game but now I’m quite direct except when I’m during a tight situation I attempt to dazzle my way through!”

Earlier this year, Moffi scored a late match-winning goal that helped Lorient edge PSG during a thrilling five-goal Ligue 1 game at the Stade du Moustoir.

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