Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen has been passed fit to play in his side’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against South Africa.
Osimhen was carried off on a stretcher during Nigeria’s 1-0 victory over Angola with abdominal pain and was a doubt for Wednesday’s last-four clash.
But having not travelled to Bouake on Monday, the Napoli forward arrived a day later and managed to train.
A tweet from the Super Eagles’ X account read: “Victor Osimhen has been declared fit and available for selection in the semi-final clash against South Africa on Wednesday. He has joined the team in Bouake and has trained with the squad today.”
*Super Eagles Camp Update*Victor Osimhen has been declared fit and available for selection in the semi-final clash against South Africa on Wednesday. He has joined the team in Bouaké and has trained with the squad today.#SoarSuperEagles #letsdoitagain pic.twitter.com/3LfnAWz1zM
— Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) February 6, 2024
South Africa come into the match after last week’s penalty shoot-out victory over Cape Verde.
Nigeria boss Jose Peseiro offered a reminder that his team need to play at a high level if they are to book their place in Sunday’s final against either DR Congo or hosts Ivory Coast.
He told a press conference: “We’ve done a good job now getting to the semi-finals. We’ve showed good spirit and organisation.
“We play like a team together. We must play a high level match, we know the capacity of our opponent. We must play at 100 per cent or more to beat a very good team.”
Nigeria have not lifted the trophy since 2013 but Peseiro remained hopeful his side can triumph.
The Portuguese said: “My belief is that we can win this competition. But they (South Africa) also want to win AFCON, just like us.”