Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen has lost his father, Patrick Osimhen to the cold hands of death.
The 21-year-old football star confirmed the death of his father in a Twitter post he shared on Sunday morning, May 24.
He tweeted: ‘RIP DAD. no word to describe this feeling.’
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare took to Twitter to sympathize with Victor Osimhen on the death of his father.
“Condolence: Our hearts go out to Victor Osimhen Nigerian national player and Lille forward over the loss of his father. I have spoken with him on the phone today to offer my condolences,” Dare tweeted
Also, the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick commiserated with the striker and also revealed his club Lille have provided him with a private aircraft in order to come to Nigeria for his father’s burial.
With international flights suspended in the country due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the NFF boss explained the federation has applied for landing permit for Osimhen’s plane.
“I have spoken to Victor Osimhen and expressed the sorrow of the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family,” Pinnick told the NFF Website.
“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.”
Following his arrival in Nigeria, it was revealed that the striker was going to be quarantined for two weeks in one of the Isolation Facilities in Lagos.