BEVERLY HILLS, May 25, (THEWILL) – The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reached out to Super Eagles’ forward, Victor Osimhen, who lost his father on Saturday evening, expressing grief and a groundswell of sorrow among the Nigerian Football family over the passing of the patriarch of the Osimhen family.
Osimhen, 21, took to his official Twitter handle to break the news of his father’s demise. Mr. Patrick Osimhen, 80, died in Lagos on Saturday night after a brief illness.
“RIP Dad. No words to describe this feeling,” he tweeted.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Melvin Pinnick was the first to reach out to the player following the outbreak of the sad news, and he assured the former U17 World Cup winner of the empathy and support of the country’s football family at this challenging moment for the youngster and his family.
“I have spoken to Victor Osimhen and expressed the sorrow of the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family. His club, Lille OSC of France have given him a private aircraft to come to Nigeria to be with his family and probably for the burial rites.
“We have applied for landing permit but we are yet to get this. However, we are still on it and hopeful for the sake of the young lad.
“The loss of either parent is usually a moment of heartbreak for anyone. We condole with Victor (Osimhen) at this moment and pray that God will grant his late father eternal rest, while also granting the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.”
His French Ligue 1 team also commiserated with the 2015 U-17 World Cup winner over the incident, assuring him of the club’s support in this “difficult time.”
“Today we learned with great sadness of the passing of @victorosimhen9 ‘s father,” the French side tweeted.
“The entire LOSC family is joined in grief with Victor and his family. He has our full support during this difficult time.”
Osimhen’s mother had passed on in October 2011 and the player is the last child of the family with seven children.
Osimhen is the record holder for number of goals at the FIFA U17 World Cup, after winning the top scorer at the 2015 finals in Chile with 10 goals as the Golden Eaglets cruised to a fifth title, and has scored four goals for Nigeria at senior level, including three in the Super Eagles’ 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho late last year.