U-20 NATIONS CUP QUALIFIER
Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
Nigeria Under-20 medical team has continued to sweat on the fitness of Victor Osimhen who had been placed on painkillers ahead of this weekend’s Africa U20 Cup of Nations qualifying encounter against Burundi in Bujumbura.
The Wolfsburg striker gave team officials sobering concerns, when he injured his shoulder when the Flying Eagles engaged the Olympic team in a friendly match in Abuja last Friday.
Though the Under-20 team doctor promptly tended to the shoulder joint injury, the fitness of the striker has continued to bother Coach Emmanuel Amuneke as Nigeria bids to defend the African title in Zambia next year.
Flying Eagles camp sources disclosed last night that the medical team has placed Osimhen on a regime of painkillers to mitigate the pains to the affected shoulder and ensure that he features in the match against the East African side.
The player, who holds the FIFA U-17 World Cup goal record, is very instrumental to Amuneke’s
tactics which makes him the links-man in a three -prong attacking formation made up of Funsho Bamgboye and Samuel Chukwueze.
The team which holds the African record of seven wins in U20 championships, will travel to Bujumbura tomorrow for the first of the two- legged encounters.