Nigeria’s Osimhen Tests Positive For Covid-19

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Nigeria international Victor Osimhen has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the commencement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The striker is asymptomatic and has begun a period of self-isolation, Napoli confirmed on their official website.

“SSC Napoli have announced that Victor Osimhen has tested positive for Covid-19 but is asymptomatic. Dr. Tartaro was due to perform a check-up on the player tomorrow,” a statement from the Serie A outfit read.

“Consequently, the local authorities have ordered that Osimhen self-isolate and the check-up will be rescheduled after he has tested negative and his period of isolation ends.”

This news will come as a big blow to the Super Eagles’ preparations for Cameroon 2021 as the 23-year-old is expected to lead the attacking line of the three-time African champions.

With this, he could miss the 2013 African champions’ opening Group D fixtures against Egypt (January 11) and Sudan (January 15) at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua.

Osimhen was named in Augustine Eguavoen’s 28-man squad for the 33rd edition of the African football showpiece after the former Lille star dispelled any concerns over his fitness, claiming he is fit.

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