French Ligue 1 club, Lille OSC, have offered a private jet to their striker and Nigerian international, Victor Osimhen, to attend the burial of his father.
This was disclosed by Amaju Pinnick, President of Nigeria Football Federation, in a condolence message to the Super Eagles striker on Sunday.
The senior Osimhen was said to have died in Lagos on Saturday night after a brief illness, aged 80.
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Consoling the bereaved striker, Pinnick announced that the NFF has applied for a landing permit for the private aircraft to land in Nigeria.
He stated that the federation and the country’s football family will support the youngster and his family at this challenging period for them.
“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,” Pinnick said.
Osimhen’s mother had passed on in October 2011 and the player is the last child of the family with seven children.
Osimhen was part of the Nigerian team that won the bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
He helped Lille finish fourth in the French Ligue 1 this term, scoring 19 goals in all competitions and won the league’s Player of the Month for September 2019.