Osimhen out of Nigeria’s World Cup qualifiers due to injury

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Napoli striker Victor Osimhen will miss Nigeria’s two upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers due to injury, the Nigeria Football Federation said on Tuesday.

The federation gave no details about the injury but said the 25-year-old would be out for four weeks.

Osimhen will miss the matches against South Africa in Uyo on June 7 and Benin in neutral Ivory Coast three days later.

His absence will make it difficult for recently appointed head coach Finidi George to get the side’s qualification campaign back on track after surprise 1-1 draws with minnows Lesotho at home and Zimbabwe in neutral Rwanda.