Victor Osimhen: Moment Napoli Ball Boys Chanted Super Eagles Star’s Name During UCL Game vs Barca

Victor Osimhen: Moment Napoli Ball Boys Chanted Super Eagles Star’s Name During UCL Game vs Barca

Elijah Odetokun
February 23, 2024 at 12:30 PM
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  • Victor Osimhen scored in his first game back for Napoli after AFCON 2023
  • He rescued a draw against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League
  • The fans made their feelings clear towards their star man after the game

Napoli fans love Victor Osimhen and show it at every opportunity after their recent chants during the UEFA Champions League match against Barcelona.

Osimhen had been away on Africa Cup of Nations duty for Nigeria, where he reached the final but lost to host Ivory Coast. He scored on his first game back.

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Victor Osimhen applauds the Napoli fans after the 1-1 draw against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. Photo by Jose Breton.
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Robert Lewandowski put the away side ahead early in the second half, but the Super Eagles striker bullied Inigo Martinez off the ball and equalised for the home team.

It was the first game under Francesco Calzona, the Italian Serie A champion’s third manager this season after the exits of Rudi Garcia and Walter Mazzari.

Napoli ball boys chant Osimhen's name

It is a common practice in Italian stadiums for the announcer to pronounce a player's first name while the fans in their numbers will loudly cheer the last name.

Per a video on Tiktok by Social Matchday, the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona fans were chanting the Nigerian striker's name after the game.

Three ball boys behind the Napoli goal embraced each other, bent their heads at the call of ‘Victor’ and threw their hands up in joy to join the stadium chanting ‘Osimhen’.

The gesture underlines the importance of the 25-year-old to the Neapolitans and their love for the reigning African Footballer of the Year.

Per Team Talk, he is set to leave the club in the summer. Paris Saint-Germain have joined Chelsea in the race for his signature as they look to replace Kylian Mbappe, who will leave when his contract expires in June.

Osimhen overlooked by CAF

Sports Brief reported on Osimhen getting overlooked by CAF in the official AFCON 2023 team of the tournament despite helping Nigeria to the final.

Three Super Eagles stars,s including William Troost-Ekong, made the best 11, but the forward and sensational goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali were left out of the team.

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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.