AFCON 2023: Victor Osimhen declared fit for Nigeria against South Africa contest

AFCON 2023: Victor Osimhen declared fit for Nigeria against South Africa contest|IMAGO

AFCON 2023: Victor Osimhen declared fit for Nigeria against South Africa contest

Allan Damba 20:17 - 06.02.2024

The Napoli striker's presence had initially been thrown in heavy doubts after he did not fly to Bouake from Abidjan on Monday with the rest of the squad due to abdominal discomfort.

Nigeria's super attacker Victor Osimhen will feature as his side battle South Africa in what promises mouthwatering action in the first semifinal of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.

The Napoli striker's presence had initially been thrown in heavy doubts after he did not fly to Bouake from Abidjan on Monday with the rest of the squad due to abdominal discomfort.

Stanley Nwabali and Victor Osimhen spotted after the match
Stanley Nwabali and Victor Osimhen spotted after the Cape Verde match |Photo Credit: Imago

"Victor Osimhen has been declared fit and available for selection in the semifinal clash against South Africa on Wednesday. He has joined the team in Bouake and has trained with the squad today," a team spokesperson told 'AFP' on Tuesday.

The African player of the year missed training on Monday, having been substituted late in Nigeria's quarter-final win over Angola at the weekend.

The 25-year-old has been outstanding for the Super Eagles at the tournament despite only scoring one goal in their opening 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea.

He has earned plaudits for his energy levels and selflessness at the tournament, where teammate Ademola Lookman has stolen the bigger limelight.

Lookman has been brilliant for the three-time champions, scoring three goals, including the winner, as they ejected Cape Verde.