Super Eagles interim coach Augustine Eguavoen is gutted to miss the service of Napoli star Victor Osimhen in his squad for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.
The 23-year-old missed out on Nigeria’s final squad for the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19.
The striker is asymptomatic and has begun a period of self-isolation, Napoli confirmed on their official website.
“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.
The former Enyimba coach states it’s a pity to miss their star striker ahead of the tournament due to his health condition.
Eguavoen indicated that Osimhen wanted to be at the tournament but his health was a priority thus the reason he was dropped from the squad.
“It’s a pity he won’t be at the Nations Cup but he told me he would be with us in Spirit, he practically pleaded with me and I could see the reasons, we tried for like hours speaking about it but his health comes first.
“We want him on the pitch doing what he knows how to do best scoring goals and also hustling down players but when we spoke yesterday (Thursday) he was so disappointed, he said coach I love to go but you have to understand with me, I am not ok and I didn’t want to go and not give me best,” Eguavoen added.
Nigeria has been dealt a huge blow due to his absence as the Napoli striker was among the joint top scorers during the AFCON qualifiers.