AFCON Qualifiers

Injured Osimhen returns to Italy as Super Eagles heads to Freetown

Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen will miss Tuesday’s reverse fixture of the 2022 AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone after injuring his shoulder in the 4-4 draw on Friday.

The 21-year-old who has now returned to his Italian club Napoli for further treatment on his shoulder, was forced out of the Super Eagles 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash against Sierra Leone on Friday after dislocating his shoulder.

He was replaced by Paul Onuachu and was later rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.

He travelled to Italy on Sunday morning and would not be available for the reverse fixture against the Leone Stars at the Siaka Stevens Stadium, Freetown on Tuesday.

Osimhen scored Nigeria’s second goal in the 4-4 draw at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.

He has now scored four goals and recorded one assist in three appearances in the qualifiers.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian national team has departed the country from Benin Airport and will arrive Freetown today.

The team had a training session on Sunday before departing the shores of Nigeria via a Chartered flight this morning.

The three-times African champions will look to bounce back following a disappointing 4-4 draw on Friday, surrendering a 4 goal lead in the match.

Nigeria leads Group L with seven points after three games while Sierra Leone are third on two points, a victory for the Eagles will secure qualification for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.


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