Mazzarri : I Wished To Have Osimhen In My Squad Against Barcelona In The Important UCL R16 Fixture

Former Italian professional footballer Walter Mazzarri opens up on his intention to utilize the strength and abilities of Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen against Barcelona; reports.

Mazzarri opined that if Osimhen were to be in action against Genoa during last weekend’s Italian Serie A fixture, it would have been a different result.

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Mazzarri upbeat Osimhen's presence would have made a difference in his time at napping
Walter Mazzarri

Napoli at the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona were held to a 1-1 draw by Genoa last weekend. And the outcome of the fixture left Napoli in the 13th spot on the Serie A league table.

Hence the decision of the club’s hierarchy to part ways with the former Italian international; and his subsequent replacement with Slovakia national team head coach Francesco.

What Mazzarri said about Victor Osimhen

According to a report by La Repubblica, via CN24, Mazzarri had wanted one last chance to prove himself. With the experienced gaffer publicly revealing his intention.

Victor Osimhen not so impactful for Napoli against Frosinone
Victor James Osimhen

“I was hoping to manage against Barcelona with Victor Osimhen on the pitch,” Mazzarri was quoted to have said by CompleteSports Nigeria.

In another story, Super Eagles assistant captain Kenneth Omeruo, reveal the backlash the three-time African champions got from the fans when they lost the 2023 AFCON finals to Ivory Coast.

AFCON host nation Cote d’Ivoire, came from behind to beat Nigeria, and of course secures it’s third AFCON title in history.

Speaking on AriseTV, Omeruo stated that some angry fans went as far as wishing some of the players death.

Someone wrote to Ola Aina on Instagram – I hope you die. These people don’t care about the consequences. We just have to grow a thick skin and hopefully keep winning because when we win, they don’t get angry. Some of the people on social media are just angry because they lost their bets, some don’t even watch the game,” the former Chelsea man said.

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Speaking about the future, and hope of qualifying for the 2025 AFCON, he said ” The team believes in itself, and knows it can perform better. I hoped that we would win gold at the 2023 AFCON, nonetheless, our eyes are on AFCON 2025.”

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