Victor Osimhen has been excused from the Super Eagles international friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia, after a local health authority in the southern Italian region ASL banned Napoli players from traveling .
The Nigeria Football Federation announced Osimhen ’ s withdrawal from the squad on Sunday via its Twitter handle .
The NFF stated that Genk striker , Paul Onuachu , has been invited in place of the new Napoli striker .
Onuachu is the highest scoring Nigerian in Europe this season with seven goals in seven games.
“@victorosimhen 9 has been excused from @ NGSuperEagles’ games against Algeria and Tunisia .
His replacement is Paul Onuachu . # Team 9 jaStrong # SoarSuperEagles , ” it tweeted .
Coronavirus cases among Italian football clubs have risen in the past few days , with Genoa reporting 22 cases , while two staff members at Juventus have also been diagnosed with the virus .
Napoli duo Elif Elmas and Piotr Zielinski have also caught the virus and ASL does not want to risk further spreading of the disease in the area .
Osimhen has scored four goals in eight appearances for the Eagles.
Meanwhile , fans of the Eagles backed the recall of Onuachu to the team .
Onuachu , who scored the fastest goal in international football last year in Nigeria ’ s 1 – 0 win over of Egypt in a pre -Africa Cup of Nations friendly in Asaba , has been overlooked by Gernot Rohr in the team ’ s last two games.
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“ For the first time , I will accept this guy, Onuachu , because of his current form .
I think seven goals in seven games is not bad , ” Emmanuel Oye tweeted .
Michael Babash also wrote , “ He has really improved .
Scored seven goals in seven matches already.
If he can stop sagging , he ’ s a good guy . ”
“ This is the time for him (Onuachu ) to prove himself with the Eagles, so many fans do not believe in him , ” Ugbe Bepeh tweeted .
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