Real Reason That Made Osimhen Snub Nigeria Clash Against Portugal Finally Revealed

Real Reason That Made Osimhen Snub Nigeria Clash Against Portugal Finally Revealed

  • Nigeria's Super Eagles will be facing Portugal's national team on November 17 in an international friendly
  • Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has been ruled out of the encounter due to a reported injury, as per the NFF
  • A close source to the former Lille striker has claimed that Osimhen is actually not missing the tie due to injury

Napoli chiefs have been reportedly singled out, as the ones behind the reason that striker Victor Osimhen snubbed playing for Nigeria against Portugal.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be in action against the European nation on Thursday, November 17, in an international friendly game that is expected to be a challenging one.

Osimhen was among the Super Eagles players selected for this friendly game, but the Nigerian Football Federation recently announced that the Napoli star is injured.

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Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen's bosses at Napoli are reportedly behind his unavailability for the Portugal friendly. Photo by Giuseppe Maffia.
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The news of Osimhen getting injured has caused talk among Nigerian football fans, as many have been expecting him to lead the attack for the Super Eagles against Portugal.

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Interestingly, Osimhen played for Napoli last Saturday and even scored in their win over Udinese, before the announcement from the NFF.

According to the report on Owngoalnigeria, a source close to Osimhen claimed the Nigerian striker is not injured, but opted out because of his employers in Italy.

The statement from the source

''Injured? I don't think so because he was on for the entire duration of the game over the weekend. What I know for sure is that he has this running battle with Napoli over handing him a week extra, as he will be involved with the Nigerian team during the first week of the break.''

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Former Super Eagle Oparaku reacts

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how former Nigerian international, Mobi Oparaku urged the NFF to sanction Osimhen for withdrawing from the friendly match against Portugal.

Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro had named the 23-year-old striker in his 26-man shortlist for the friendly against the European nation. However, the NFF announced on Monday that the former Lille of France striker would no longer be available due to injury.

Osimhen was immediately replaced by Cremonese striker Cyriel Dessers, while Olisa Ndah - who was also named in the initial list - has also been replaced by Chidozie Awaziem.