Napolis Osimhen was named in the qualifying for the African Cup of Nations in Nigeria

Nigeria have called up Napoli’s striker Victor Osimhen to qualify for the African Cup of Nations next month against Benin and Lesotho after a difficult period in Italy.

Osimhen was sidelined for more than three months with a shoulder injury and apologized after pictures of him partying without a mask were shared on social media since traveling to Italy from French club Lille in September.

He was hospitalized last month after a bad fall in a loss to Atalanta that hit his head but scored a 3-1 win over Bologna that weekend.

He has scored four goals so far in qualifying.

Nigeria will visit Benin on March 27, before welcoming Lesotho to Lagos three days later to complete the qualifying series for the 2021 African Cup of Nations to be held in Cameroon next year.

The Eagles lead their qualifying group with eight points, closely followed by Benin with seven points.

Sierra Leone has three points, with only the two best teams advancing to the actual tournament.

Sadiq Umar from Spanish second division Almeria and Enyimba goalkeeper John Noble are also appointed to the 24-man squad.

Umar was in great shape for Almeria, scoring 14 goals when his club look was about to return to the top Spanish league.

Noble was the hero when Enyimba got past his Nigerian counterpart Rivers United on penalties to qualify for the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.

He is the only player from the domestic league in the main squad and was listed alongside Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye and Francis Uzoho, who was number 1 in the country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Captain Ahmed Musa was a surprising welcome as he has been a free agent since October and coach Gernot Rohr has often claimed he will not consider players without a club.

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