Victor Osimhen, a Nigerian international footballer, has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
According to Napoli’s official website, the striker is asymptomatic and has commenced a period of self-isolation.
“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’ who just appointed a new head coach in preparations for Cameroon 2021 AFCON 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.