Osimhen mocks racist chanting Hellas Verona’s fans
by Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor, Abuja
Napoli striker Victor Osimhen celebrated his first goal of the season against Hellas Venona with a mocking display to taunt the home fans who hurled racist chants at him.
Osimhen through a corner flicked by Giovanni Di Lorenzo slides the ball into the far end of the post to hand Napoli the lead at Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi after Kvicha Kvaratskhelia’s equaliser cancelled Kevin Lasagna’s opener for Verona.
Immediately Napoli striker netted his goal, he silenced all racist taunts with a puckish gesture to shrug off any effect of the highly condemnable, unethical behaviour of Verona’s fans would have on him.
The in-form Osimhen, who is being considered by Paris Saint-Germain as next season’s target during a discussion with Napoli’s sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli in France recently, flicked the ball to Matteo Politano who sealed the 5-2 victory for Partenopei from 12 yards.
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Meanwhile, Luciano Spalletti is pleased with his side’s performance to have come from a goal down to thump Hellas Verona 5-2.
“We need time, in some situations we showed that we are still young, even if in the end we won the game quite comfortably,” Spalletti said after the match.
Spalletti commended Kvaratskhelia for his contribution but noted that the Georgian has not reached his full potential.
“Kvaratskhelia was too naive sometimes, but he is a complete player with an important technique. He scored an amazing goal, a header, not his best quality,” he claimed.
“I was sure we would put in a great performance because I saw all the players interested and determined. Sometimes we must be more wicked and raise the rhythm, but the lads deserve the praise,” Spalletti added.
Napoli started the season in superb form despite losing Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea, Lorenzo Insigne to MLS and three others this season, and will host AC Monza in their second Serie A game at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on Sunday.