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Esin Criticises Super Eagles’ Overreliance On Osimhen

Esin’s comments come following the controversy involving Osimhen and former Super Eagles coach Finidi George

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Esin Criticises Super Eagles’ Overreliance On Osimhen

Former Nigerian international Etim Esin has voiced concerns over the Super Eagles’ heavy reliance on Napoli striker Victor Osimhen for goals, News About Nigeria reports.

Speaking to newsmen, he called for a more diversified attacking strategy.

According to him, the team needs to develop multiple goal-scoring sources rather than depending solely on Osimhen.

“Back then, we used to have multiple sources for our goals, but now it seems to come either through Osimhen or his work. That is not acceptable in this modern era of football,” Esin stated.

“So, if Osimhen doesn’t play, we can’t have goals? He should even be rested in some of these games, like against Benin, even if he was fit, he should have been rested. That is how football is played, good link-up plays and goals coming from all corners of the team.”

Esin’s comments come following the controversy involving Osimhen and former Super Eagles coach Finidi George.

The Napoli striker faced criticism from fans following a social media outburst directed at Finidi.

The altercation began after Finidi reportedly stated he would not beg Osimhen to play for the national team, following Osimhen’s withdrawal from two important 2026 World Cup qualifiers due to injury.

Osimhen, replaced by Enugu Rangers defender Kenneth Igboke, responded angrily, claiming that he had informed Finidi about his condition.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is now reportedly preparing to charge Osimhen for improper conduct over his verbal attack on the former coach.

Finidi, who resigned from his coaching position on Friday following the NFF’s announcement of an incoming expatriate coach, was publicly criticised by Osimhen for questioning his commitment to the team.

The Super Eagles’ recent performances, including a 1-1 draw against South Africa and a 1-2 loss to Benin Republic, have further fueled the controversy, leaving the team fifth in their group, four points behind leaders Rwanda.

A board member of the NFF told newsmen, “The president of the NFF, Ibrahim Musa Gusau, has spoken with Osimhen about his outburst. Finidi also reached out to him. The report Osimhen reacted to is fake and misleading, and it’s unfortunate he didn’t confirm before reacting.

“Osimhen is a role model, and we need to set an example. He crossed the line with his outburst. After the Salah break, we will address the issue. I can tell you he won’t be in the team until he apologises for his actions.”

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