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Osimhen lands in Nigeria as Napoli grants permission for early release of star player

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
African Footballer of the Year 2023, Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen has been reported by Italian outlet, TuttoNapoli as having arrived Nigeria in anticipation of featuring in what will be his second Africa Cup of Nations appearance.
He made his AFCON debut at Egypt 2019 where he came in as a substitute to Odion Ighalo in the third place match with Tunisia.
That match remains his only AFCON match as he did not feature in the next edition in Cameroon owing to injury.
Although the Nigerian players are supposed to gather in Abu Dhabi, UAE early in the New Year, Osimhen reportedly headed for Nigeria to first join his family.
He left on Thursday after training and had also obtained permission from the Azzurri club.
Below is the statement from SSC Napoli: “At the end of today’s training, Osimhen was given a day’s leave so that he could join his family before leaving for the national team training camp.
” Recall that the former Lille man is suspended in the league and would have missed the match against Monza anyway.

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.