AFCON: Osimhen doubtful for South Africa clash after suffering ‘abdominal discomfort’

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Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen is battling abdominal discomfort ahead of the Super Eagles’ Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final clash against South Africa.

Babafemi Raji, the Super Eagles media officer, announced the development in a statement on Monday.

The 25-year-old was left behind in Abidjan, where he was “placed under close watch with a member of the medical team” while the rest of the team travelled to Buoke, the city where the semi-final match will be held.

The statement added that “If cleared by tomorrow morning, he will join the rest of the squad before 5 pm.”

“We will fly from Abidjan to Bouaké today via a 10 pm Air Cote D’Ivoire flight,” the statement reads.

“Victor Osimhen will not join us on this trip as a result of an abdominal discomfort. Team medics confirmed that he has been placed under close watch, with a member of the medical team staying behind in Abidjan with him. If cleared by tomorrow morning, he will join the rest of the squad before 5 pm.”

The statement did not confirm if the injury might rule the striker out of the clash against the Bafana Bafana on Wednesday.

The match is billed for 6 pm.