Victor Osimhen: Super Eagles Star Returns to Napoli After AFCON 2023 Ahead of Barcelona Clash, Video

Victor Osimhen: Super Eagles Star Returns to Napoli After AFCON 2023 Ahead of Barcelona Clash, Video

Raphael Abiola
February 16, 2024 at 10:53 AM
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  • Victor Osimhen is back in Napoli after leading Nigeria to a second-place finish at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
  • The Nigerian international is back in time to face La Liga champions, Barcelona, in the UEFA Champions League
  • The Super Eagles striker might not be available for Napoli's fixture against Genoa in the Serie A this weekend

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, has returned to Napoli after representing Nigeria at the just-concluded 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

The former Lille striker finished the competition with one goal and one assist, below the standard most football fans and pundits set for him before the tournament.

The Nigerian international could not stop the host nation from winning the trophy as the Elephants defeated Jose Peseiro's side 2-1 in the final.

Victor Osimhen greets his supporters during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between SSC Napoli and Real Madrid CF. Photo: Giuseppe Maffia.
Victor Osimhen greets his supporters during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between SSC Napoli and Real Madrid CF. Photo: Giuseppe Maffia.
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The 25-year-old was also with the squad when they were hosted by President Bola Tinubu, who in turn honoured them for their performance in Ivory Coast.

Osimhen returns to Napoli

In a video shared on social media, Osimhen was spotted at the airport as he returned to Napoli, preparing for their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash against Barcelona next week.

Due to fatigue, the Nigerian striker might not be included in Napoli's squad for their Serie A game against Genoa this weekend.

The viral video of Osimhen's return sparked reactions from fans on social media.

@sanchezperez47 said:

"Back just in time for UCL! I only pity Barcelona because na them go face the wrath of the Afcon loss to CIV."

@Arabella2071 said:

"Little boy must be tired, first gastroenteritis then he missed the connection to Naples and had to stay in France to wait for another plane."

@surecompass said:

"Broski is ready for champions league against barca"

@emir_gramm said:

"Na Barcelona go suffer am😂😂"

Napoli bothered about Osimhen’s fitness

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Napoli are bothered about Osimhen's fitness ahead of their mouthwatering clash against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.

The defending Serie A champions will face the Spanish giants in the Round of 16 and are sweating over the availability of the reigning CAF African Footballer of the Year.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.