By Boris Esono Nwenfor
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Napoli and Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has tested positive for COVID-19 yet again, with barely 10 days to go until the ball is kicked for the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Victor Osimhen, who is still recovering from surgery after suffering a smashed cheekbone against Inter Milan in late November, was tested before travelling to Italy for a check-up on Friday. Osimhen also tested positive for Covid last January after returning from the Christmas holidays in Nigeria.
Information from Napoli’s website this December 30, stated: “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. 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.”
23-year-old Osimhen has been included in Nigeria’s final squad for the AFCON after he declared himself fit. He is expected to isolate for one week according to the health protocols and then join up with the squad in Cameroon as they go for their fourth AFCON title, the first since 2013.
Osimhen will be one of those that Coach Augustine Eguavoen will be relying on to get the goals for the side. For his club, Osimhen has scored nine goals in all competitions (5 in the League) while finding the back of the net some 5 times for his country this year.
The super Eagle of Nigeria begin their AFCON campaign on January 11 against the Pharaohs of Egypt at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua before going on to face Sudan on January 15. The last group game for Nigeria comes up on January 19 against Guinea-Bissau.
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