Napoli Remove Osimhen From Their Champions League Squad

Napoli has ruled out new recruits Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen and Algerian defender Faouzi Ghoulam in their squad for the final stages of the 2019-20 Champions League but named Kalidou Koulibaly.

Osimhen’s new side will take on Spanish giants Barcelona in the round of 16 of the tournament in a one-legged tie on August 8.

According to the list announced by UEFA, Senegal international Koulibaly is the only African star who made the club’s 23-man squad.

The Parthenopeans will also not be able to bank on the services of the Nigeria international having featured in the group stage of the competition for Lille.

The 21-year-old striker completed a €50 million transfer from the French side last month following his eye-catching performances during his time with the club.

Osimhen made his Champions League debut against Ajax in September 2019 and scored two goals in five appearances as Lille failed to progress past the group stage.

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He will be expected to make his first appearance for the Parthenopeans during their pre-season games.