Victor Osimhen: Nigerian Striker Trolls Juventus Fans After Napoli’s Defeat

Victor Osimhen: Nigerian Striker Trolls Juventus Fans After Napoli’s Defeat

Elijah Odetokun
updated at December 9, 2023 at 11:27 AM
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  • Napoli lost their second straight Serie A game under new boss Walter Mazzari
  • Defender Federico Gatti was the difference maker for Juventus to secure a 1-0 victory
  • Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen was not impressed by Juve fans’ gesture and hit back

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen was not impressed with Juventus fans’ gesture after Napoli lost 1-0 at the Allianz Stadium and hit back with a troll of his own.

Last season’s Scudetto winner lost their third game under new boss Walter Mazzari, who replaced former boss Rudi Garcia about a month ago after just four months in charge.

Victor Osimhen, Danilo, Manuel Locatelli, Juventus, Napoli, Allianz Stadium, Italian Serie A.
Victor Osimhen received a yellow card after he was involved in a scuffle with Manuel Locatelli. Photo by Valerio Pennicino.
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Italian defender Federico Gatti was the difference between the two sides, powering a header past Alex Meret six minutes into the second half, and the Old lady held on.

Osimhen hit back at Juve fans

Osimhen had a goal disallowed for offside and endured a frustrating afternoon alongside forward pair Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, and the home fans booked both.

Per Football Italia, the former Lille striker raised his hands to show “5-1” in response to the Bianconeri fans, reminding them of Napoli’s 5-1 win over Juve in January en route to the title.

The team are yet to find their rhythm under Mazzari, who returned for a second spell at the club and have lost three out of four games, picking up just a win against Atalanta.

The 62-year-old came in defence of Osimhen, explained why the striker is struggling and urged for patience.

“Champions inspire the others, but they also need to find full fitness. You could tell he (Osimhen ) was being man-marked even when the ball was nowhere near him,” he said via Complete Sport.
“When he is in good shape, he will make the difference, but then we lose him with the Africa Cup of Nations, and others have to fill in.”

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Osimhen favourite for African best

Sports Brief previously analysed Osimhen as favourite to win African Best award later this year as he leads other contenders for Africa's biggest individual prize.

He helped Napoli win the Scudetto for the first time since the Diego Maradona-inspired 1989/90 season and reach the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club's history.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.