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Coronation day delayed for Osimhen and Napoli players



Victor Osimhen’s Napoli will have to wait till another day to win the Italian Serie A title. No thanks to a late equaliser that forced them to a 1-1 draw in their Sunday’s home game with  Salernitana.

The draw has extended the wait of Luciano Spalletti’s side to seal their first title in 33 years.

Napoli are on 79 points, far ahead of second-placed Lazio on 61 points with six games remaining. 

They will have another chance to clinch the Scudetto away at Udinese on Thursday.

The stadium erupted when Napoli found the net just after the hour mark through defender Mathias Olivera, who leaped up in the box to nod the ball into the bottom left corner from a corner kick.


But Salernitana equalised seven minutes from time through forward Boulaye Dia, who broke into Napoli’s area and struck the ball at by the far post.

Argentine star Diego Maradona inspired Napoli to its last triumph in 1990, but since then, the coveted champions’ scudetto has been won almost exclusively by teams from wealthy northern Italy such as Juventus and AC Milan.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.