Nigerian forward Ademola Lookman signed off for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in style, firing a lone goal that propelled Atalanta to a 1-0 victory over Lecce in their final Serie A clash of the year.
This dramatic winner not only sealed three points for La Dea but also served as a confidence-boosting send-off for Lookman, who joins the Super Eagles camp on January 1st, aiming to make a major impact on the continental stage.
A Timely Celebration:
Just a day after being named to Nigeria’s 25-man AFCON squad, Lookman found the net in front of the Gewiss Stadium faithful, Footballrover reports.
The Super Eagles star, deployed alongside Gianluca Scamacca in an attack by coach Gian Piero Gasperini, proved a constant menace to the Lecce defence.
Second Half Heroics:
While the first half saw Atalanta dominate possession but struggle for a breakthrough, the second half was a different story.
Lookman’s moment of magic arrived in the 58th minute.
Receiving the ball from Scamacca on the edge of the box, he displayed his silky skills, dancing past defenders before unleashing a low shot that nestled into the Lecce net.
Ademola Lookman with his 7th Serie A goal. pic.twitter.com/sK6y1k3ylt
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More Than Just a Goal:
This wasn’t just a goal; it was a statement. Lookman’s strike showcased his clinical finishing and ability to rise to the occasion.
Despite having another opportunity later in the game, his first effort proved enough to secure all three points for Atalanta.
A Perfect Send-Off:
With the win, Atalanta capped off a successful 2023, while Lookman heads to AFCON on a high note with his seventh goal of the season.
He also has four league assists under his belt.
The Super Eagles camp opens on January 1st, and Lookman’s confidence and in-form play will be invaluable assets for Nigeria’s quest for continental glory.