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How Victor Osimhen’s outburst on Finidi George threatens €120 Million Napoli exit

Victor Osimhen’s social media outburst against former Nigeria International Finidi George has drawn widespread attention within the Nigerian football community, Soccernet.ng reports.

Osimhen was reportedly accused of faking an injury ahead of the Super Eagles’ 2026 World Cup qualifying matches against South Africa and Benin Republic.

It was alleged that Finidi stated he would not beg a player to join the team. In response, Osimhen took to Instagram Live to address the issue, but also made offensive remarks towards his supposed Super Eagles coach.

Watch the video here:

Impact on Osimhen’s Potential Napoli Exit

This incident is not the first time Osimhen has publicly lashed out at someone via social media. Such behavior has occurred on several occasions, often involving his managers.

This pattern of conduct could make potential suitors reconsider pursuing the striker, despite his talent drawing interest from top European clubs.

Osimhen has been linked with a €120 Million move away from Napoli, despite signing a contract extension with the club. He has reportedly rejected a return to Ligue 1, where Paris Saint-Germain showed interest, and Chelsea is reconsidering a potential purchase due to his injury record. This latest outburst further complicates his potential transfer.

Previously, Osimhen had a heated altercation with Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti, and now his conflict with Finidi stresses his tendency to publicly disrespect his bosses.

 

Osimhen’s Previous Online Rants

Former African Footballer of the Year, Victor Ikpeba, criticized Osimhen for attempting bicycle kicks during Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying match against Ghana.

Osimhen responded on Twitter with Yoruba proverbs, calling Ikpeba an “Agbaya”. He also infamously cursed a Nigerian journalist over a report sourced from an Italian media outlet.

His recent reaction against Finidi, declaring he has lost respect for him and does not mind leaving the Super Eagles, continues this pattern.

Calls for Calm and Professionalism

Osimhen’s latest reaction has sparked mixed responses on social media, with many calling for a public apology to Finidi, who denied making the alleged statement about Osimhen.

Critics suggest that Osimhen should have addressed the issue privately with Finidi before going public.

Engaging with Nigerian media friends for an interview could have provided a more professional platform to explain his side of the story, much like Cristiano Ronaldo did when he explained his contentious departure from Manchester United.

Osimhen’s commitment to the Super Eagles and his skill on the field, which earned him the title of 8th Best Player in the World for the 2023 season and the CAF Best Player Of The Year, are unquestionable.

However, he is advised to manage his anger and public outbursts carefully to avoid jeopardizing his promising career, especially at the young age of 25.

This post was last modified on June 16, 2024 11:39 am

Ayomide Oguntimehin

Ayomide Oguntimehin is a CAF-accredited sports journalist and an Editor at Soccernet.ng, with a proven track record in conducting interviews with Super Eagles stars such as William Troost-Ekong, Taiwo Awoniyi, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Ademola Lookman, and many others. He has also made a significant impact in breaking transfer news stories. Grounded in video editing, video journalism, social media management, and content strategy, Ayomide brings a wealth of expertise to his work. With a Bachelor's degree in English Language from Adeyemi College of Education and a Master's Degree in School Library and Media Technology from the University of Ibadan, Ayomide is well-prepared to excel in the field.

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  • Ayomide you just hate that boy for nothing, are u aware that your coach Finidi has dragged a star player's Jessy with a Super Eagle player during a friendly match he lost as an assistant coach , please how will you described that attitude?, do you care to know why Amokachi refused to assist Finidi,Pls leave VO Alon!!!

    • @Ken Aziude, may your generation be abundantly blessed.
      Journalism, as I understand it, demands impartiality. Reporters should not take sides, and even when they express opinions, they must provide balanced coverage of all perspectives. In this article, it appears the journalist is advocating for the footballer's career to be compromised, which seems unfair.

      Osimhen's actions might have been excessive, but there are other ways to address such issues. Conversely, the respect given to Finidi George seems overstated. He was an outstanding player, but not a coach. Resigning after just three games raises questions about his perseverance and commitment. If he truly cared about this country and the team, he would have ignored the critics and focused on getting the best out of the squad. Abandoning the team during a crisis reflects poorly on one's loyalty.

      Implying that Nigeria cannot win without V.O. is unjust. Placing so much pressure on one player and blaming him for the team's failures is unreasonable.

      Ultimately, we need balanced journalism, free from bias, unlike some of the English press in the EPL.

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