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AFCON: Eagles’ player, Osimhen ruled out of rematch against Sierra Leone


Osimhen scored one of the goals in a dramatic 4-4 draw with Sierra Leone, who recovered from four goals down in Benin City on Friday, but was later substituted after hurting his shoulder.

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen will miss Tuesday’s Africa Cup of Nations return qualifier against Sierra Leone in Freetown after he dislocated his shoulder in the first game, according to Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr.

He has since been discharged from hospital, but Rohr said he will not be available for the rematch in Sierra Leone.

“He is out of the match after he dislocated his shoulder,” Rohr disclosed.


Osimhen, 21, has scored four goals in three Nations Cup qualifiers.

However, the Super Eagles coach said he is confident both Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze and Leon Balogun from Scottish club Rangers will be fit for the match in Freetown.

“Balogun was replaced after he got injured, he did not train today but he will be okay, while Chukwueze has a little pain around the groin, but we hope to have him back,” he assured.

Club Brugge forward Emmanuel Dennis is the other injury doubt after he injured his ankle in training.



Super eagle’s Osimhen signs contract with Napoli


Italian side, Napoli have signed Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, the club confirmed in a statement on Friday.

“Welcome to Napoli, Victor, ” the club said on their Twitter handle while confirming the arrival of the Nigerian from French side, Lille.

“Can’t wait to put on this iconic jersey, thank you for the warm welcome @sscnapoli #forzanapolisempre,” the player tweeted following the confirmation of his switch.

Although no official fee was announced for the signing of the 21-year-old striker, several sources claim the deal is worth over $96 million (81.3m Euros) which makes the forward the most expensive African player of all time.


Osimhen’s move to the Gli Azzurri trumps the prize Arsenal paid for Ivory Coast forward, Nicolas Pepe last year.

Last term, the former Charleroi (from where he moved to France) man scored 18 goals in all games for Lille and has been linked with a move to Naples in recent times.

His stellar showing for the French side saw him winning the Lille Player of the Season just as he made it to Ligue 1’s team for the 2019/2020 campaign.

The Edo-born footballer came into limelight after he helped the Nigerian U-17 team win the 2015 World Cup in Chile, scooping the Golden Boot and Silver Ball awards.


During the competition, he struck 10 times after which he bagged Africa’s Youth Player of the Year for 2015.

He immediately joined German side, Wolfsburg following his exploits in the cadet competition, turning down Arsenal of England.

Thereafter, he teamed up with Charleroi in Belgium, initially on loan, after a barren spell with the Bundesliga outfit.

Since his debut for the senior national team in June 2017, he has played 10 matches and bagged four goals.


    Golden Shoe: Osimhen rank 13th.

    In the race for the European Golden Shoe, awarded to the top goalscorer in the European Leagues at the end of each season, Lille striker, Victor Osimhen is ranked joint-13th and is the highest rated player of Nigerian descent, NobleSport report

    Osimhen had plundered 13 goals and with the French Ligue 1 having a coefficient of 2 points per goal, the Lille number 7 had accumulated 26 points.

    The Nigerian international is level on 26 points with six other players namely Neymar (PSG), Luis Muriel (Atalanta), Francesco Caputo (Sassuolo), Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) and Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

    And they are far behind Ciro Immobile who leads the way with 27 goals and 54 points, followed by Robert Lewandowski (25 goals, 50 points), Timo Werner (21 goals, 42 points), Cristiano Ronaldo (21 goals, 42 points) and Erling Haaland (25 goals, 42 points).

    Only one other Nigerian player is inside the top 50, Heracles Almelo’s Cyriel Dessers, who had accumulated 22.5 points and is ranked joint 49th. Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi had won the Golden Shoe award a record six times, followed by Juventus striker, Cristiano Ronaldo with four.

    Also in Ligue 1, only three players had played more shots on target than Osimhen so far this season.


    Victor Osimhen aiming at €100m African player

    Super Eagles and Lille FC of France striker Victor Osimhen has spoken of how it feels to be linked to the best clubs in the world at such a young age.

    Osimhen, 21, joined Lille from Sporting Chaleroi and has scored 15 goals in all competitions this term and produced four assists and could become Africa’s most expensive footballer in history if an interested club meet his reported asking price of €80 million to €100 million .

    His performances in front of goal this season has linked him with transfers to Liverpool, Arsenal and Barcelona, but the Lille number 7 feels he deserves all the accolades because he works so hard.

    Barca and Liverpool linked Victor Osimhen speaks on prospect of becoming Africa

    Speaking to reporters over the weekend, Osimhen said: “It feels great, it shows that I am really, really working hard and I have been trying to improve myself as a player and as a person.

    “I think I am happy here at Lille, very good environment for me to develop myself as the player I want to become in the future.

    “As I always say every time, I am loyal to Lille and they are in charge of my future and they decide if I stay or if I go”.

    “For me, I think I deserve it and Lille deserve it also.

    Super Eagles and Lille FC of France striker Victor Osimhen

    “From the start of the season I have been working really quite hard to get to where I am today, to get the recognition in France also.

    “I am not in the best position to say I’m worth this or not, Lille will decide anytime they want to sell me”.


    After health fright, Osimhen declared fit to play.

    …to face monaco

    Super Eagles and Lille forward, Victor Osimhen, has been passed fit and available for selection for the club’s trip to the Stade Louis-II on Saturday (today).

    The Nigeria international who had opened scoring in the 19th minute for Lille during Tuesday’s French League Cup game against AS Monaco was taken off after complaining of chest pain and rushed to a hospital.

    Speaking at a press conference on Friday afternoon ahead of their Ligue 1 match against Monaco, one of the subjects the manager, Christophe Galtier, talked about was the availability of Osimhen, who returned to Lille on Thursday evening after spending two nights in the hospital under observation following a health scare and the manager confirmed that Osimhen is back in training and is fit for the weekend clash.

    “Victor returned from Monaco yesterday after taking exams ,” Galtier was quoted saying on the club’s official website.

    “These examinations have shown that he is fit to play tomorrow. He had a very thorough assessment, and today we have the green light so that he can play. And he wants to play”.

    Osimhen is Lille’s leading scorer with 12 goals so far this season and has produced four assists in 23 games.