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Osimhen gets new coach at Napoli



Saudi Pro League - Al Nassr v Al Ettifaq - Mrsool Park, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - January 22, 2023 Al Nassr coach Rudi Garcia before the match REUTERS/Ahmed Yosri/File Photo

When Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen returns to his Napoli, he will be under a new coach. Italian champions Napoli have named Rudi Garcia as their new coach, the Serie A side said on Thursday.

Napoli did not specify the length of Garcia’s contract.

The 59-year-old coached Italy’s AS Roma from 2013-16, before moving to French Ligue 1 sides Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais.

The Frenchman coached Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr last season. They finished second in the Saudi Pro League with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the attack.

Garcia left the club in April by mutual agreement.


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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.