Osimhen Injured? 2 Important Takeaways From Napoli’s Win Against Cagliari

Super Eagles forward Victor James Osimhen on Saturday during an Italian Serie A fixture scored against Cagliari to help Napoli record second consecutive win across all competitions npflupdates.com reports.

Osimhen scored once and assisted another as Napoli record a crucial victory against a very stubborn Cagliari side at the Estadio Diego Maradona.

Victor celebrates with Kvara

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Victor Osimhen Napoli’s attacking engine room

After a keenly contested and barren first period, Osimhen who only but last Monday was crowned the 2023 CAF Player Of The Year (POTY), rose between two Cagliari defenders to head home a cross form Kvara. Hence, giving the Serie A reigning champions the lead; while at the same time sending fans inside the Maradona into jubilation.

Victor Osimhen present his CAF POTY award to Napoli fans inside the Maradona.
Victor present his CAF POTY to fans at the Maradona

Meanwhile, Cagliari equalized few minutes later restoring parity. Osimhen would juggle the ball four times with his right foot, before wriggling his way through clusters Cagliari defenders to send a low cross across the face of the goal; only for Kvara to for into the net. Hence, restoring Napoli’s lead; efforts by the visitors to restore parity and probably earn a point was toppled, as the hosts held their positions.

Two important things observations made from the match are the following:

First, Osimhen has once again justified CAF’s decision to crown the 2023 African Player Of The Year (POTY) with back-to-back goals for Napoli. The 26-year-old was on target on Tuesday evening when Napoli defeated Braga to secure a place in the knockout stages of 2023/2024 UEFA Champions League.

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Secondly, the former Olympique Lille forward risks being left out of the 2023 AFCON tournament due to injury. After assisting Kvara, Osimhen was caught on camera holding his thigh and bowing face to the ground in discomfort. And few minutes after, he was substituted; no medical report yet from Napoli medical team at the time of this report.

Nigerians are now hoping he comes back good as the 2023 AFCON tournament starts in less than 30 days.

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