"No Official Communication": NFF Reacts as Report of Victor Osimhen's Ban Trends

"No Official Communication": NFF Reacts as Report of Victor Osimhen's Ban Trends

  • The NFF has refuted media reports that it has banned Victor Osimhen from the Super Eagles team
  • Legit.ng reports that the NFF spoke on Wednesday night, June 19, through Mohammed Sanusi, its general secretary
  • Osimhen has been in the news lately for his sensational outburst against the former Super Eagles manager, Finidi George, and his (Osimhen's) critics

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering sports and football in Nigeria and worldwide.

FCT, Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday night, June 19, described as outright falsehood reports in some online publications that it slammed a ban on Super Eagles’ star forward, Victor Osimhen.

The reports claimed the NFF banned the Napoli star from the senior national team for his recent social media outburst.

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NFF denies banning Victor Osimhen
Victor Osimhen during the AFCON 2023 final match between Nigeria and Ivory Coast. Photo credit: Visionhaus
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But the NFF general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, expressed amazement at the reports, saying the federation has neither instructed nor concluded a process to ban Osimhen from the national team.

The NFF said:

“The NFF hereby implores the media to join hands with the body to positively resolve issues and then focus on the big picture all the time, rather than needlessly escalate certain matters.
"There was no official communication from the NFF, yet some persons have gone to town to talk about a ban on Osimhen from the national team. This is not good at all."

The NFF added:

“Our focus presently is to resolve all matters around the Super Eagles and be able to look ahead with confidence to the 2025 AFCON qualifiers and the remaining six matches of the 2026 FIFA world cup qualification series.

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“This is not the time to spread falsehood and foul the public space the more.”

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.