The biennial tournament is set to begin on January 9 and end on February 6, 2022.
Nigeria, winners of the tournament three times are drawn in Group D alongside Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea Bissau.
However, the hope of Nigerians to lift the title might have been dealt a huge blow before the start of the competition as Napoli is making efforts to stop Oshimen from participating in the tournament.
According to reports in Italy, Luciano Spalletti confirmed that Napoli's president is making efforts to stop their African stars (Victor Osimhen, Kalidou Koulibaly, and André-Frank Zambo Anguissa) from competing in the tournament.
"President Aurelio De Laurentiis is fighting on that front. I'm completely behind him.
“International fixtures do get in the way and there’s not much we can do.”
Anyways, Napoli can not be blamed for making effort to keep their record signing away from the AFCON tournament.
The club is competing for the Scudetto and feels they have a chance to win it this year. They are top of the league with 21 points from seven games.
Also, Napoli has scored eighteen goals in those games and Victor Osimhen has contributed to 22.2% of those goals. He is also the highest goalscorer of the Napoli squad.
Aside from that, the Nigerian striker is vital to the way Napoli play. They play fluid, attacking football, using the speed, strength, and movement of Victor Osimhen to break down the opponent's defense line.
The presence of Victor Osimhen occupies the defenders inside the box and precision to Napoli's attack.
It enables the wingers to have options, either cross for the Nigerian to attack aerially, or cut in and shoot.
Despite having a poor start, Victor Osimhen has been vital to Napoli's great start to the season, and it a not a surprise they want to stop him from representing Nigeria at AFCON because losing him at such stage of the season might dampen their chances of winning the Scudetto.
Can Nigeria survive at the AFCON tournament without Victor Osimhen? Drop your opinion in the comment section.
By - Adewale Adeyemi
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