Osimhen snubs Super Eagles’ friendly against Portugal

Osimhen snubs Super Eagles’ friendly against Portugal

Victor Osimhen of Napoli will not miss Nigeria’s friendly against Portugal due to injury.

Contrary to what the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) claims, Osimhen is not injured physically.

Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro had included Osimhen in Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the international friendly with Portugal on Thursday.

But the NFF, in a statement released on Twitter on Monday, announced that Osimhen was injured. It added that Cremonese forward Cyriel Dessers had been called up as the 23-year-old’s replacement.

However, Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, in their Tuesday edition, reports that Osimhen has no physical problem.

The former Lille lad only snubbed the Portugal friendly to avoid taking risks that could endanger him in the friendly encounter.

Osimhen has been crucial to Napoli’s charge for a first Serie A title tilt in three decades, with the Nigerian forward scoring nine goals for the Neapolitans.

Meanwhile, Osimhen’s replacement Cyriel Dessers has arrived in the Nigerian camp ahead of the Portugal clash.

Dessers arrived alongside Omonia Nicosia goalkeeper Francis Uzoho bringing the number of players at Jose Peseiro’s disposal to 22.

Soccernet.ng had earlier reported the arrival of Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and Nantes winger Moses Simon in Portugal.

Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze is the only Super Eagles star still being expected in camp.

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