Former Super Eagles defender, Mobi Oparaku has said the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, should sanction Victor Osimhen for skipping Thursday’s friendly against Portugal.
According to Oparaku, the Napoli forward must face consequences from the NFF for not travelling with the team after being listed for the game.
Naija News recalls that the Super Eagles coach named the red-hot striker for the international friendly match against the Seleção das Quinas.
Later, however, it was revealed that the Nigerian forward’s injury would prevent him from joining the squad.
Following this, the NFF announced on Monday that Cremonese attacker, Cyriel Dessers will take Osimhen’s place for the friendly.
Orlando Pirates defender, Olisa Ndah, is also out of the friendly game and has been replaced by Chidozie Awaziem.
Oparaku, a member of the 1996 Atlanta Dream Team that won the gold medal at the Olympics, responded to Osimhen’s departure by calling it a sabotage.
While speaking to Brila FM, he said, “This is sabotage. He wasn’t injured, I saw him at the weekend and he was not substituted due to injury.
“Because it’s a friendly and we are not going to the World Cup he has come out to say he is not playing. This is sabotage he should be sanctioned,“ Oparaku stressed.
In the Eagles’ 10-0 victory away to Sao Tomé and Principe in the AFCON qualifiers in June of this year, Osimhen made his last appearance.
He scored for Napoli in their 3-2 victory against Udinese over the weekend, bringing his league total to nine goals in 11 games.