Victor Osimhen vs Finidi George: Ex Super Eagles Slams Napoli Star for Social Media Outburst

Victor Osimhen vs Finidi George: Ex Super Eagles Slams Napoli Star for Social Media Outburst

Ero Samson
updated at July 5, 2024 at 11:20 AM
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  • Victor Osimhen recently voiced criticism of former manager, Finidi George, on social media after Nigeria's defeat against Benin
  • The Napoli forward's outburst followed reports of Finidi singling out the 25-year-old for blame after the disappointing results
  • In a recent interview, former attacker of the Super Eagles team, Taiwo Oloyede, criticised Osimhen for his social media outburst

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Victor Osimhen's recent social media outburst against the former Super Eagles coach has continued to spark significant discussions within Nigeria's football community.

The Napoli forward took to social media to slam the newly appointed Rivers United manager following a report that claimed the 53-year-old coach had singled out Osimhen for criticism.

This followed Nigeria's dismal results in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification matches against South Africa and the Republic of Benin in June.

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Victor Osimhen who recently criticised Finidi George, reacts during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Hellas Verona at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on April 15, 2023. Image: Giuseppe Maffia.
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The report, published by Score Nigeria, highlighted Finidi's comments about his team's performance in both fixtures, focusing on the poor overall behaviour of the players.

Specifically, the former Nigerian head coach reportedly accused Osimhen of faking an injury to avoid being included in the squad list for the games.

In response to the outburst, former Nigerian national forward, Taiwo Oloyede, has called on the Napoli striker to publicly apologise to coach Finidi.

Taiwo Oloyede criticises Osimhen's outburst

In an interview with SportsBoom, the 60-year-old discussed the attitudes of players within the Super Eagles camp.

"Most of the boys lack loyalty," Oloyede remarked. "Take Osimhen's exchange with Finidi George, for instance. He must issue a public apology.
"What has he achieved in life that puts him above Finidi? Money? Fame? Has he won the Champions League? The Nations Cup? Being top scorer in qualifiers means little if not replicated in the tournament.
"Just because he led his club in goals during their Scudetto win doesn't justify his disrespectful behaviour towards Finidi. His public rant about 'Ogun' is ill-mannered and suggests poor upbringing and lack of guidance."

The words of the Assistant Technical Director for the Lagos State Football Association mirror the sentiments of many in Nigeria's football community, who continue to criticise Osimhen for his outburst.

As of the time of writing this report, the Napoli ace has anot pologised for his remarks nor has Finidi publicly addressed the reports that triggered the forward's social media tirade.

Sunday Oliseh overlooks Osimhen

Sports Brief also reported on former Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, excluding Victor Osimhen from his selection for the current best player of the Nigerian team.

The 49-year-old selected other attackers from the West African giants whom he considers superior to the Napoli forward at present in terms of their performance.

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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).