AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Suffer Major Blow as Osimhen Reportedly in Doubt for South Africa Semifinal

Victor Osimhen being stretchered off during Nigeria's quarterfinal against Angola | Imago

AFCON 2023: Super Eagles Suffer Major Blow as Osimhen Reportedly in Doubt for South Africa Semifinal

Ayoola Kelechi 23:06 - 05.02.2024

Nigeria could be without star forward Victor Osimhen when they take on South Africa in the 2023 AFCON semifinal

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been hit with a significant setback as star striker Victor Osimhen is reportedly in doubt for their highly anticipated AFCON 2023 semifinal clash against South Africa

This news has sent shockwaves through the Nigerian football community and fans anxiously await updates on the player's condition.

Reports suggest Osimhen suffers abdominal discomfort 

The alarming development surfaced when it was revealed by journalist OJBSports on X, that Victor Osimhen would not be traveling with the Super Eagles team to Bouake, the venue for their semifinal showdown with South Africa. The reason cited for his absence is an abdominal discomfort that has left him sidelined and under close medical observation.

Victor Osimhen at AFCON 2023. (Photo Credit: CAF/Facebook)
Victor Osimhen at AFCON 2023. (Photo Credit: CAF/Facebook)

Team medics have confirmed that Osimhen is receiving intensive care, and to ensure his well-being, a member of the medical staff will remain with him in Abidjan, where the team is currently based. This decision highlights the seriousness of the situation and the team's commitment to providing the best possible care for their star striker.

Fans worry as Osimhen becomes a doubt for AFCON 2023 semifinal

As fans hold their collective breath, the Super Eagles and their supporters are hoping for a positive outcome. The fate of Victor Osimhen's participation in the crucial semifinal clash hinges on his recovery within a tight timeframe. According to reports, if Osimhen is cleared by Tuesday morning, he will have a chance to rejoin the squad before 5 pm.

Victor Osimhen was especially fatigued against Angola || Image credit: Imago
Victor Osimhen was especially fatigued against Angola || Image credit: Imago

The absence of Victor Osimhen would undoubtedly be a significant blow to Nigeria's campaign in the tournament. The 23-year-old striker has been a key figure in the Super Eagles' journey to the semifinals, and his clinical finishing and attacking prowess have made him a fan favorite.

The potential loss of Osimhen for the crucial match against South Africa raises questions about the team's attacking options and strategy. Coach Jose Peseiro and his staff will need to consider alternative plans and assess the fitness of other attacking players to fill the void if Osimhen is unable to participate.

Nigeria wait on Osimhen fitness ahead of crucial South Africa clash 

The semifinal clash against South Africa is a highly anticipated showdown, and the outcome will determine which team advances to the final. The absence of Victor Osimhen, if confirmed, would be a setback, but the Super Eagles have shown resilience throughout the tournament, and they will be determined to overcome this obstacle.

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Nigerian football fans, as well as the entire continent, will be anxiously awaiting updates on Victor Osimhen's condition and his potential availability for the critical semifinal encounter. As the countdown to kickoff continues, the Super Eagles will be hoping for good news regarding their star striker, while South Africa will be watching closely to see how the situation unfolds, knowing that Osimhen's absence could alter the dynamics of the match significantly.

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