Victor Osimhen To Napoli: “I am Sorry For What Happened, I was Wrong To Go To Nigeria”
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By Amaechi Agbo
Super Eagles Striker, Victor Osimhen has tendered an apology to his club Napoli after he violated the club’s Covid-19 rule during New Year party he celebrated in Lagos Nigeria.
Osimhen after attending the party in his home contracted the pandemic with his club reportedly ready to fine him two week wages.
The former Lille of France hitman asked for forgiveness from the club, the coach, the team and the fans, after participating in a surprise party in Lagos last week.
The Nigerian striker returned to his native country for the Christmas break and tested positive for COVID upon his return to Naples.
He had taken part in a surprise birthday party without wearing a protective mask and Napoli have fined him.
Osimhen has apologised to the club and their fans with an Instagram story.
“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.
“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,”
Napoli was furious with Osimhen after details emerged on how he possibly tested positive for coronavirus.
The forward was made to take the Covid-19 test after his trip to Lagos, where he has gone to celebrate the yuletide season.
The result of the test came out positive and the Nigeria international has been isolated in his house in Italy as he recovers from the virus.
The centre-forward will now miss Napoli’s first match of 2021, against Cagliari in Sunday’s Serie A game at Sardegna Arena.
Details of how the attacker, who turned 22 on Tuesday, possibly contracted Covid-19 have emerged as videos of his birthday party surfaced on social media.
The forward did not keep to the Covid-19 rules during the party along with his supporters and well-wishers, who flooded the occasion.
The Napoli authorities and manager Gennaro Gattuso are angry with the carelessness of the forward and he could be handed a hefty fine according to Corriere del Mezzogiorno.
Osimhen has only made eight appearances for the Parthenopeans, scoring two goals, since his summer record signing from French side Lille due to injury and suspension.
Besides missing the Cagliari clash, Osimhen could also miss Napoli’s league games against Udinese and Spezia, and their Italian Cup tie against Empoli.
The forward is yet to feature for the club since suffering a shoulder injury on international duty with Nigeria against Sierra Leone during the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in November.
The Super Eagles forward earned a move to Napoli following his eye-catching performances for Lille during his one-year stay.
The attacker scored 13 league goals for the Great Danes, amid other dazzling showings to generate interest from a number of European clubs, before settling for the Parthenopeans.
Osimhen burst into the limelight at the 2015 U17 World Cup, where he emerged as the top-scorer to help Nigeria clinch the title.
He subsequently teamed up with German side Wolfsburg before moving to Belgium to feature for Sporting Charleroi.
The attacker will hope to pacify Napoli with his impressive performances when he overcomes his coronavirus problems.