Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has found himself repeatedly chosen for random doping tests by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) during the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2023, MySportDab Reports.
The revelation comes in the wake of Osimhen’s standout performance against Cameroon in the round of 16, sparking both admiration and speculation among fans.
The 25-year-old Napoli forward has emerged as one of Nigeria’s key players in the tournament hosted in Ivory Coast, playing a pivotal role in securing back-to-back quarterfinal tickets for the Super Eagles at AFCON.
Osimhen’s exceptional display in the 2-0 victory against the Indomitable Lions, where he contributed with an assist, drew widespread acclaim.
However, the spotlight on Osimhen intensified as reports surfaced that he has been subjected to multiple doping tests by CAF.
Reliable photojournalist Pooja Media shared the revelation through a post on X.com, stating, “CAF has randomly picked Victor Osimhen MULTIPLE times after games at AFCON for dope tests.” The timing of the tests, following impressive performances, raised eyebrows and fueled speculation among fans.
Despite the possibility of mere coincidence, Pooja Media humorously suggested that CAF should extend their testing to Nigerian youths running in traffic, playfully anticipating a similar outcome.
This light-hearted reaction underscores the heightened enthusiasm surrounding Osimhen and the interpretation of the tests as a backhanded compliment to his exceptional contributions to Nigeria’s AFCON campaign.
Osimhen’s impact in the tournament is undeniable, having scored one goal and provided one assist in four matches so far. As the Super Eagles gear up for the quarterfinal clash against Angola on Friday, Osimhen will be hoping to replicate his stellar performance against Cameroon.
The doping tests, though raising questions, add an intriguing layer to the narrative surrounding the striker, with fans eagerly anticipating his continued success on the pitch. The repeated selections for doping tests may inadvertently serve as a testament to Osimhen’s remarkable form and contribution to Nigeria’s AFCON journey.