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Osimhen-Finidi saga not NFF’s precedence – Enoh

Nigeria’s Sports Minister, John Enoh, has acknowledged that dealing with the current outburst by Napoli striker Victor Osimhen towards former Super Eagles coach Finidi George shouldn’t be the fast precedence for the Nigeria Football Federation.

Addressing the scenario amongst each African Player of the Year winners on Eagle7 FM Radio on Sunday, Enoh highlighted the necessity for the NFF to prioritize different urgent points inside Nigerian soccer, relatively than being sidetracked by the Osimhen-Finidi controversy.

“There has been a plethora of opinions on this. Osimhen is a Trojan for Nigeria, but it was a low,”Enoh stated.

“I told the NFF not to make a pronouncement on this before they have engaged Osimhen. This is so especially because these are not the best of times for Nigerian football, and we have to manage a lot of things. The NFF have to be focused and not be distracted.”

The controversy started when Finidi was alleged to have questioned Osimhen’s dedication to the nationwide group after the striker missed the 2026 World Cup qualifiers towards South Africa and the Benin Republic.

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Finidi reportedly stated he couldn’t beg Osimhen to play for the group after the participant withdrew from the qualifiers as a consequence of damage.

In response, Osimhen took to social media, claiming he had communicated his damage standing to Finidi and had supplied to hitch the group in camp with out having to take to the pitch, which the previous coach declined.

Osimhen expressed his frustration, stating, “I knew issues like these would occur and that’s why I’ve the movies and screenshots of after I known as Finidi whereas I used to be with the physician in Germany.

“I asked Finidi George to allow me to stay with the players in the camp, but Finidi asked me not to bother and that I should stay with my family. I’m not addressing anything, everybody knows I play my heart out whenever I’m playing for the club or national team. I’ll share the screenshot and videos of my conversation with Finidi for the sake of those believing what Finidi said.”

Despite the backlash he has obtained after his feedback on social media, Osimhen has not apologized, and ex-Eagles coach Finidi has denied making such feedback concerning the 25-year-old.

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