Victor Osimhen has cleared the fitness hurdle in preparation for the upcoming AFCON 2023 match against South Africa.

Victor Osimhen

Over the past 12 hours, much attention has been focused on Victor Osimhen’s fitness status, particularly in anticipation of what is considered one of the most crucial matches in Nigeria’s football history.

Napoli’s forward was notably absent from the Super Eagles squad as they traveled to their venue for the semi-final showdown against South Africa, scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Osimhen’s absence stemmed from abdominal pain that necessitated careful monitoring before he could be deemed fit to play.

However, encouraging news has emerged from Cote d’Ivoire indicating that Osimhen will join the team for training as they gear up to face Bafana Bafana. Initially, the team’s head coach, Jose Peseiro, refrained from providing a definitive answer regarding the forward’s fitness during his pre-match press conference.

Nigeria secured a spot in the semi-finals after defeating Angola in the quarter-finals, while South Africa advanced by triumphing over Cape Verde in a penalty shootout, setting the stage for an upcoming showdown with the Eagles.

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