Nigeria Football Federation Denies Imposing Ban on Victor Osimhen Amid Social Media Outburst


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has firmly refuted recent online reports suggesting that Victor Osimhen, Super Eagles forward, has been banned from national team duties due to his social media comments regarding former coach Finidi George.

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Osimhen’s outspoken remarks came in response to allegations by Finidi George questioning his commitment to the national team ahead of the crucial 2026 World Cup qualifiers. The player expressed frustration during an Instagram Live session, defending his dedication to Nigeria despite recent criticism.

Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, NFF General Secretary, expressed surprise at the rumors circulating and clarified the federation’s stance. He emphasized that no formal decision has been made to sanction Osimhen, urging the media to cooperate in resolving issues constructively.

“There has been no official communication or decision from the NFF regarding any ban on Osimhen,” Sanusi stated. “It is regrettable that misinformation has been spread by certain individuals, which does not contribute positively to the situation.”

Sanusi reaffirmed the federation’s commitment to focusing on upcoming football engagements, including the 2025 AFCON qualifiers and the remaining matches in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification series. He urged against the dissemination of false information that could undermine the unity and progress of Nigerian football.

“This is a time for clarity and unity within our football community, not for baseless rumors that serve no purpose,” Sanusi concluded.

Gbenga Samson
Gbenga Samson
Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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