NFF Moves to Return Osimhen to Nigeria
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick has stated that Lille OSC of France have given Victor Osimhen a private jet for him to return home for his late father’s burial.
Osimhen announced the death of his 80-year-old father who passed away following a brief illness on Saturday, May 23.
Victor’s father played an important role in his football career as he helped him on his way to the zenith of his career.
“I have spoken to Victor Osimhen and expressed the sorrow of the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family. His club, Lille OSC of France have given him a private aircraft to come to Nigeria to be with his family and probably for the burial rites. We have applied for a landing permit but we are yet to get this. However, we are still on it and hopeful for the sake of the young lad.
“The loss of either parent is usually a moment of heartbreak for anyone. We condole with Victor (Osimhen) at this moment and pray that God will grant his late father eternal rest, while also granting the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.”
Osimhen is the record holder for the number of goals at the FIFA U17 World Cup, after winning the top scorer at the 2015 finals in Chile with 10 goals as the Golden Eaglets cruised to a fifth title, and has scored four goals for Nigeria at senior level, including three in the Super Eagles’ 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Lesotho late last year.