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Fact Check: Victor Osimhen’s dope test happened after Guinea-Bissau match, not Cameroon

Victor Osimhen played a significant role for the Super Eagles of Nigeria in their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 clash against Cameroon

Reports circulating on various social media platforms indicate that Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen, has undergone a random dope test conducted by the anti-doping department, as reported by Soccernet.ng.

While initial information had been deemed partially accurate, Soccernet.ng can exclusively confirm that the Nigerian international underwent the test following the match against Guinea-Bissau, not Cameroon.

In addition, FC Nantes forward Simon Moses, the 2023 Confederation of African Football Best Player Of The Year, and William Troost-Ekong, have also been subjected to dope tests.

It’s worth noting that such random tests are standard procedures, typically conducted on players whose enhanced energy levels may raise suspicions of substance use.

During the clash against Cameroon, Osimhen, formerly with LOSC Lille, played a pivotal role, posing a constant threat to the Indomitable Lions’ defense and providing an assist to Ademola Lookman for Nigeria’s first goal in that match.

Contrary to rumours, Soccernet.ng confirms that Osimhen’s dope test occurred after the 1-0 victory against Guinea-Bissau.

Additionally, sources reveal that two Cameroonian players also underwent similar tests, noting that Osimhen is not the sole player involved in this tournament.

Looking ahead, the 2013 AFCON champions are set to face Angola in the quarterfinals of the 2023 AFCON tournament, aiming for a positive outcome to secure their spot in the semi-finals.