Osimhen salta la Coppa d’Africa: confermata l’esclusione

Confirmation arrives of the striker’s exclusion from the competition scheduled in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022. Yesterday the footballer tested positive for Covid-19.

Victor Osimhen will not participate in the Africa Cup of Nations. To make it official, the Nigeria Football Federation, through its channels, has communicated the changes in the list of players called up for competition. The Napoli striker – along with Shekho, Balogun and Blessed – is among the players left off the list. In their place were called Onyekuru, Ebuehi (who plays in Venice), Olayinka and Shems.

Osim them positive

The decision to isolate Osimhen is mainly related to the player’s positivity towards the Corona virus, which appeared yesterday. The Nigerian was supposed to return to Italy, where today he was scheduled to visit Professor Gianpaolo Tartaro, the surgeon who practically reconstructed his face after treating fractures during the match against Inter on November 21. But the local authorities, having discovered the infection, prevented departure and ordered isolation. Therefore, the examination will be carried out once Osimene has recovered from Covid and can return to Naples.

No new pollution

In the meantime, Napoli found itself yesterday in Castel Volturno, without the positive Osimene, Elmas and Lozano, and summoned the three for the African Cup: Unas, Koulibaly and Anguisa. Of the round of molecular smears that will be completed in the next few days with returnees from abroad, no new cases have emerged.


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