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Sports News of Tuesday, 5 January 2021


Napoli boss to meet Victor Osimhen

Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen will meet gaffer, Gennaro Gattu­so after he apologized for breaking the club's coronavirus protocol following a party he organized in Lagos.

Osimhen has yet to feature for his club after he dislocated his shoulder during Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone on No­vember 13.

The striker who is still injured was granted permission to travel to Nigeria for the winter break where he attended a party to celebrate his 22nd birthday on December 29, reports.

Upon his return to Naples, the 22-year-old tested positive for coronavirus and a video of him surfaced on social media where he was seen without wearing a face mask and no social distancing observed in the party.

After Napoli’s 4-1 win over Cagliari on Sunday, Gattuso gave his opinion on the situ­ation.

“He’s a young lad who gives his all in training,” the Italian manager told the club website. “He knows he’s made a mis­take and he’s apologised.

“I’ll speak to him. I know how much he wants to get back onto the right track and get back playing.”

Osimhen, on his part, is­sued an apology to the club and his teammates for his ‘wrong’ decision which has delayed his return to training because of the compulsory two weeks he will spend in isolation.

“I am so sorry for what happened, I was wrong to go to Nigeria in this moment, even if I have many loved ones over there, including my brothers,” Osimhen wrote on his Insta­gram story.

“I was wrong to take part in the party I didn’t understand the severity of what I was do­ing. I apologise to the club, the coach, the team and the fans.”

The Nigeria forward com­pleted a big-money move to Napoli in August after an out­standing 2019-20 campaign in the French Ligue 1 with Lille.

He has scored two goals so far in six Serie A matches for the Parthenopeans who sit fourth in the league table with 28 points from 14 matches.

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