Napoli are hell-bent on stopping Victor Osimhen from representing Nigeria at 2020 African Cup of Nations finals starting January 9 in Camoeroun.
To this end, the Serie A club, who have been seeking an understanding with NFF to have the player return to Naples from Super Eagles camp and feature in their Serie A clash with January, are not ruling out dragging Nigeria before Court of Arbitration for Sports, to establish that the 23-year-old has not fully recovered from his face injury suffered during November 21 Serie A trip to Inter Milan.
The club’s lawyer,Enrico Lubrano hinted at this move during an interview session on the Ragio Punto Nuovo Sports Show on Thursday, which was reported Calcio Napoli.
He said: As far as the FIFA regulations tell s, Annez 1 (which concerns the call-ups for the national team) the player called up must respond. Unless he is injured and he injury must be verified by the Federation, it can be used by the club in the period in which he would have been available to the national team. Even if it heals earlier, there is paragraph 7, which says that the player must start on the Monday before the start of the competition, so on the 27th they should have already started, but with an exception there was a move to 3
“With an agreement beween Napoli and the Nigeria Federation, Osimhen could have played against Juventus . A deal would get him started immediately after the game. In the abstract, it would be possible, but Covid complicates everything. I can say that the word belongs to the Federation. The club can also attest to the fact that the player is injured, unavailable. However, the situation must be evaluated by the Federation doctor The doctor do the checkup.
“ FIFA foresees that there is a contradiction and in that the decision rests with the Federation doctor. The place where the visit will take place is not written in the regulation. Things will have to be arranged in detail in mutual agreement.”
Asked if Napoli will go to court, Enrico stated: “It is not t be excluded for the purposes of compensation by acquiring an official technical consultancy.”
Meanwhile, Osimhen, who clocked 23 on Wednesday, has tested positive for coronavirus and isolated in Nigeria. This means the player cannot return to Naples for Friday’s checkup by Napoli doctor, Dr Tartaro, and almost certainly ruling him out of the clash with Juventus.
The player remains adamant about representing Nigeria at AFCON and looking to feature in Nigeria’s opening game against Egypt on January 11.