Victor Osimhen Tops List of 4 Big African Superstars Set to Miss AFCON 2022 Due to Injuries

Victor Osimhen Tops List of 4 Big African Superstars Set to Miss AFCON 2022 Due to Injuries

Akan Anwankwo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:52 PM
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  • Victor Osimhen and three other African stars will miss the 2022 AFCON slate for Cameroon in February
  • It remains uncertain if the Napoli striker would be fit enough to fly Nigeria's flag at the soccer fiesta in the West African nation
  • Morocco's Youssef En-Nesyri, Senegal's Kreppin Diatta and Cote d'Ivoire's Gervinho would also not be available due to respective injuries

Victor Osimhen tops the list of African stars that will likely miss the AFCON 2020 tournament in Cameroon.

Osihmen's injury

The Napoli striker suffered a broken cheekbone during Napoli's first loss of the season to Serie A defending champions Inter Milan.

Osimhen, En-Nesryi, Diatta and Gervinho out of AFCON 2022
Victor Osimhen, Youssef En-Nesyri, Gervinho and Kreppin Diatta could miss AFCOn 2022. Photo by Joaquin Corchero/Europa Press, Seyit Ahmet Eksik/Anadolu Agency
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The 22-year-old then underwent surgery and has been ruled out of action for the next three weeks which could filter into the AFCON period.

Kreppin Diatta

Another notable star that will be missing at Africa's biggest soccer fiesta next is Senegal's Kreppin Diatta.

The AS Monaco star suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and will not stand a chance of recovering in time before the tournament.

Youssef En-Nesyri

High-flying Moroccan star Youssef En-Nesyri has been having a niggling muscle injury and could be out until January and the start of February, according to Estadio Deportivo.

The 24-year-old has been in good scoring form since he joined Sevilla two seasons ago, scoring crucial goals for Julen Lopetegui's side.


Cote d'Ivoire legend Gervinho suffered a horrible injury while on duty for Trabzonspor back in October and he was immediately rushed to the hospital, Goal.

Osimhen out for 3 months

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Victor Osimhen will be out of action for the next three months after undergoing surgery on his cheekbone, Goal, Napoli.

The Napoli striker was involved in a clash-of-heads with Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar during their Serie A match played at the San Siro.

The 22-year-old suffered multiple facial fractures as he was substituted in the 66th minute with his face dented.

Osimhen given a cash prize of N2m for his man-of-the-match performance against Cape Verde

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Victor Osimhen was undoubtedly rewarded for his performance against Cape Verde as he was given the man-of-the-match award which came with a cash prize of N2m.

Osimhen also won the Most Valuable Player award and will get another one million naira for winning that.

The Super Eagles striker opened the scoring in the first minute of the game as he sent the fans at the Teslim Balogun Stadium to rapturous celebrations.

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