NFF to charge Osimhen for verbal attack on ex-coach Finidi George

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is reportedly considering disciplinary action against Super Eagles’ first-choice striker, Victor Osimhen, following his recent verbal attack on the team’s former coach, Finidi George.

The Napoli forward lashed out at George after hearing reports that the ex-coach had questioned his commitment to the national team.

Osimhen’s outburst came in response to accusations that he was not dedicated to the Super Eagles, particularly in light of his absence from recent World Cup qualifier matches against South Africa and Benin Republic.

The team struggled in his absence, drawing 1-1 with South Africa and losing 2-1 to Benin Republic, resulting in a drop to fifth place in their group, four points behind leaders Rwanda.

“Already the president of the NFF, Ibrahim Musa Gusau, has spoken with Osimhen about his outburst, and Finidi also reached out to him,” a board member of the NFF told Owngoal Nigeria.

“The report he reacted to is fake, misleading, and sadly he didn’t confirm before reacting.”

The NFF official emphasized the importance of setting an example, especially for the incoming coach.

“Osimhen is a role model, and the only way we can help the incoming coach stamp his authority is by using him to set an example. He crossed the line with his outburst. Even when Finidi called him to explain, he still didn’t see fit to retract his statements.

“We won’t condone that, and after the Salah break, we will sit on the issue. I can tell you he won’t be in the team until he apologizes for his actions,” the official concluded.

The incident has stirred significant controversy, with reports noting that Finidi George was accused of criticizing the commitment of Osimhen and other Super Eagles players.

Although Finidi has denied making such statements, the issue has remained contentious.

Adding to the debate, former Super Eagles goalkeeper Idah Peterside, in a now-viral video, stated that Osimhen must apologize or face exclusion from the team. Peterside underscored that Finidi George is a legend, and Osimhen’s “disrespect” should not be tolerated.

The strained relationship between Finidi George and the NFF further deteriorated amid reports that the federation sought to hire an expatriate coach following a series of poor performances by the Super Eagles under George’s leadership.

As the situation develops, all eyes are on how the NFF will handle the disciplinary proceedings against Osimhen and the impact this will have on the team’s future.

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