Rohr backs Osimhen to shine

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Kelvin Ekerete

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has backed Victor Osimhen to shine for Italian side, after recuperating from injury.

Osimhen joined the Partenopei in the summer of 2020 for an African record fee from French side, Lille.

But the former Sporting Charleroi star has failed to hit the ground running at his new club scoring just twice in 16 appearances largely due to injuries.

“Victor Osimhen’s season has so far been unlucky, between injuries and COVID-19. Already in October he could not play with our national team for two games, in Austria, because he was in quarantine after some of his teammates at Napoli contracted COVID-19,” Rohr told kisskissnapoli.it.

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“I spoke with the boy and he told me that he is physically and mentally fine. He is ready to return to the field with Napoli and also with the national team.

“You will soon see his real value. In the national team he is our point of reference for the attack, he has collected an important legacy in that role from Odion Ighalo. In the next qualifying matches for the African Cup we hope to find him with great energy.

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“Napoli are a great team but have been unlucky this season. (Gennaro) Gattuso is a good coach and Victor told me he trusts him a lot and what he’s teaching him.”

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