Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen has apologised to his club SSC Napoli, teammates, and fans after he breached COVID-19 protocols during his holiday in Nigeria.
The club on Friday confirmed that injured Osimhen had tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic on arrival from Nigeria after his holiday but was asymptomatic.
However, on Saturday, a video of Osimhen partying in Nigeria without a face mask or social distancing went viral on social media which infuriated the club and fans.
The 22-year-old has now broken his silence and apologised to the club for what he termed ‘a mistake’.
“I’m sorry for what happened,” Osimhen said. “I was wrong to go to Nigeria right now, even though I have so many affections there, starting with my brothers.”
“I was wrong to attend the surprise party not understanding the gravity of what I was doing. I apologize to the club, the coach, the team and the fans,” added the Napoli new signing.
Meanwhile, in a related development, an Osimhen-less Napoli side were just too hot too handle for their hosts, Cagliari on Sunday.
Inspired by Piotr Zielinski who netted a brace, Napoli brushed aside the home side 1-4 for their 9th win of the season which sees them leapfrog defending champions, Juventus to occupy the last Champions League place, fourth.
Other scorers on the day for Napoli were Hirving Lozano and Lorenzo Insigne while Cagliari’s consolation came courtesy Joao Pedro.
Of course, Osimhen missed the game as he is currently in isolation, in addition to the fact he has been out of the team has since early November when the picked up a shoulder injury while on international duty with Nigeria’s Super Eagles.
Osimhen is a new signing a Napoli having joined the Serie A giants from Ligue 1 side, Lille during the summer of 2020 for an African record fee.
He has scored two goals in six Seria A outings for Napoli this season.