Victor Osimhen, the Nigerian football star, has been selected for a random drug test by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) following his exceptional performance against Cameroon in the Round of 16 match at the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday, January 27.
Osimhen played a pivotal role in the Super Eagles’ 2-0 victory over Cameroon, showcasing tireless energy and impressive speed on the field. According to a report from Vanguard, Osimhen’s outstanding performance did not go unnoticed by CAF, prompting the organization to include him in the random drug test.
Typically, players are selected through a draw that includes all players in a matchday squad. However, random selection can also occur if officials observe any unusual behavior. DW Africa reported that Osimhen had previously undergone a random drug test after his energetic performance against Ivory Coast, with both tests yielding negative results.
The CAF officials’ decision to subject Osimhen to a random drug test highlights the organization’s commitment to maintaining fair play and integrity in the sport.
Despite the scrutiny, Osimhen is expected to lead the Super Eagles’ frontline in the upcoming quarter-final match against Angola, as the current CAF Player of the Year continues to play a crucial role for the three-time champions in their AFCON campaign.