Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen, has been left out of the Super Eagles trip to Bouaké city in Cote d’Ivoire for the 2023 Africa of Nations (AFCON) semifinal clash with Bafana Bafana of South Africa slated for Wednesday, February 7.
According to an official statement from the national team on Monday night, February 5, Osimhen suffered a sudden abdominal discomfort, hence he was placed under close watch with a member of the medical team in Abidjan to look after him.
It added that if Osimhen is cleared by Tuesday morning, February 6, he will join the rest of the squad before 5:00pm ahead of the clash.
Interestingly, Nigeria’s progression to the semi-finals has earned the Super Eagles’ a prize money of $2.5m (N3 billion).
Nigeria reached the semi-finals of the 34th edition of the AFCON after beating Cameroon (2-0) and Angola (1-0) in the knockout rounds.
As one of the remaining four teams in the competition, the Eagles, alongside South Africa, their semi-final opponents; DR Congo and hosts Ivory Coast, have already secured $2.5 million.
Before the start of the tournament, Confederation of Africa Football president, Dr Patrice Motsepe, announced a 40 percent increase in prize monies.
However, the high-stakes match offered a substantial $2.5 million reward (approximately N2.24 billion) for the winners, a prize set by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for teams that win the quarterfinal clash, Goal.com reported.
According to CAF, the winners of the tournament will receive $7 million, $2 million more than the reward doled out at the last edition in Cameroon.
The runners-up of the African showpiece event will now get $4m, while each of the two semi-finalists will receive $2.5m, with each of the four quarter-finalists taking home $1.3m.