“Mike Tyson”: Fans React As Defender Osayi Samuel Arrives Super Eagles Camp

“Mike Tyson”: Fans React As Defender Osayi Samuel Arrives Super Eagles Camp

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 21, 2024 at 8:15 AM
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  • Bright Osayi-Samuel has been hailed as Fenerbahce’s own Mike Tyson by fans
  • The Turkish-based defender arrived at the Super Eagles camp on Wednesday
  • AFCON 2023 finalists, Nigeria, face Ghana and Mali in two friendlies this week

Bright Osayi-Samuel has endeared himself into the hearts of many football fans especially Fenerbahce and Nigerian supporters after he fought off an on-pitch invader.

In a viral video on social media, the right-back was seen punching a fan in a bid to defend himself and his teammates after some Trabzonspor fans had invaded the pitch to attack them.

Bright Osayi-Samuel, Nigeria, Super Eagles, Ghana, Mali, 2023 AFCON.
Bright Osayi-Samuel in action for the Super Eagles at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo by MB Media.
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The 26-year-old defender has been hailed as Fenerbahce’s "Mike Tyson" following his arrival at the Super Eagles camp in Morocco ahead of their forthcoming friendlies against Ghana and Mali.

Osayi-Samuel, who already has a graffiti mural dedicated to him by some fans in Turkey per Pulse Sports, was the star of the show as fans flooded the comment session of the Super Eagles social media page to hail the defender.

The Fenerbahce defender is expected to take part in Nigeria’s games against the Black Stars on Friday, March 22, despite arriving two days before the encounter.

How fans reacted to his arrival

Nigerian and Turkish fans took over the comment session of the Super Eagles page on Instagram after they posted the video of Osayi-Samuel’s arrival at the Super Eagles camp.

“This sound speaks volume. Osayi the smackdown king” @ayeni_wobase reacted.

Another fan called the Nigerian defender Mike Tyson.

“Fenerbahçe’li Mikre Tyson” @eneskonuk04 reacted.

Others also linked the Osayi-Samuel to the WWE.

“Bright Osayi-Samuel WWE CHAMPION” @burakgenisyol reacted.

Osayi-Samuel’s arrival at the Super Eagles camp completes the list of the 26 players invited by the Nigeria Football Federation for the Ghana and Mali friendly games.

Osayi could face a lengthy ban

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Osayi-Samuel could be banned for 10 games by the Turkish FA after assaulting a Trabzonspor fan in Fenerbahce's last match in the Superlig.

The Super Eagles defender took matters into his own hands when he had an altercation with a fan who tried to attack him and his club teammates with a knife.

The alleged attacker is reported to have been taken to intensive care after his clash with the Nigerian defender.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..