Ex-Super Eagles Star Demands Ban on Victor Osimhen for "Irresponsible" Outburst | #NwokeukwuMascot


Former Super Eagles Star Criticizes Victor Osimhen's Social Media Outburst | #NwokeukwuMascot

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Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Idah Peterside has called for decisive action against Victor Osimhen following the striker's controversial social media remarks. Peterside labeled Osimhen's behavior as "irresponsible" and suggested that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) should consider banning him from the national team to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The controversy began when Osimhen, during an Instagram Live session on Saturday, openly criticized Finidi George, the outgoing Super Eagles head coach.

Recall we  had earlier reportedly how the embattled coach stated his disappointment with NFF and some big boy in the team, he said, “ It appears that Osimhen chooses the games he plays for Nigeria and he (Finidi) cannot beg him to play for his country.”

Osimhen's comments came shortly before George's resignation, which followed a challenging tenure that included a draw against South Africa in Uyo and a 2-1 defeat to Benin in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Osimhen, who missed both of Nigeria's recent matches, expressed his displeasure with George, accusing the coach of disrespect by not allowing him to stay with the team in camp during the qualifiers.

In response, Peterside expressed his disappointment with Osimhen, emphasizing the need for the NFF to address the issue firmly. "I think action should be taken, or he should be banned from playing for the national team," Peterside stated. "If we allow this kind of thing to continue, it would not augur well for Nigeria. The men who have served and given everything to our great country deserve respect. Sanity must be brought to our football."

Peterside also called on Osimhen to apologize for his actions. "He needs to come outside and apologize for the things he said to Finidi," Peterside asserted on social media. "Finidi George is a legend. You don’t just widen your mouth and say things that are unpalatable. If you have issues with the man, pick up your phone and call him. That’s what responsible people do."

Peterside continued, "Osimhen has just shown a bit of irresponsibility, and that’s unexpected. I think the NFF should call Osimhen and ask him to apologize. He has to apologize for saying things. Our national team is sacred; in the days when we wore the jersey, we respected it and the people that went before us. He’s not the first, and neither would he be the last. He should come out openly and apologize to former footballers, the NFF, Finidi, and Nigerians."

This incident has sparked a wider debate about the conduct of players and the respect owed to those who have significantly contributed to Nigerian football. The NFF's response to Peterside's call for action will likely set a precedent for how such matters are handled in the future.


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