Victor Osimhen vs Finidi George: Taribo West Offers Advice to Napoli’s Star, Cites Career Experience

Victor Osimhen vs Finidi George: Taribo West Offers Advice to Napoli’s Star, Cites Career Experience

Ero Samson
updated at June 19, 2024 at 11:15 AM
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  • Victor Osimhen recently took to social media to criticise former coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Finidi George
  • The forward's outburst came in light of a report detailing how the ex-Enyimba manager blamed Osimhen for his side's defeat
  • Former Inter defender, Taribo West, has offered advice to the Napoli talisman following his social media outburst

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Victor Osimhen continues to dominate the conversations across the Nigerian footballing circle following his outburst at former manager, Finidi George.

The Napoli star, who was visibly unimpressed with the reports making the headlines about his absence from the national team, took to social media to criticise the coach.

In the now-viral video, Osimhen echoed his displeasure with the words making the rounds that were attributed to Finidi, alongside addressing a few other mind-boggling issues regarding his unavailability for the recent 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification series.

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Victor Osimhen recently took to social media to criticise former coach of the Super Eagles, Finidi George following Nigeria's FIFA qualifier fixture. Images: Issouf Sanogo.
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However, in the aftermath of the forward's outburst, former Inter Milan defender, Taribo West, has weighed in on the events that unfolded and offered advice to the Napoli star, based on his own career experiences.

Taribo offers advice to Osimhen

In an interview captured by Score Nigeria, the 50-year-old emphasised the importance of Osimhen maintaining his composure despite the swirling reports.

"He should keep a cool head; there is life after football.”

The 1996 Olympic gold medallist further drove his point home by recounting a moment from his career when he missed out on signing for either Arsenal or Manchester United due to his frustration and outburst during his time at Inter in 1999.

Osimhen is currently linked to a flurry of clubs across Europe, with Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport hinting that the forward's frustration might have stemmed from the numerous transfer moves he is being linked with.

The 25-year-old is expected to leave Napoli in the summer window, and a move to either Arsenal, Chelsea, or Paris Saint-Germain could be on the cards.

Victor Osimhen risks Super Eagles ban

In another report, Sports Brief stated that forward, Osimhen, faces the risk of a ban from the Nigeria national team following his criticism of coach Finidi.

The 2023 CAF Footballer of the Year expressed his displeasure on social media over a report attributed to the coach.

However, a recent update has indicated that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is contemplating a ban on the forward unless he issues an apology.

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Ero Samson
Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).