Anichebe, Ighalo, Peterside react to Osimhen’s rants on Finidi

Former Everton striker Victor Anichebe has reacted to Victor Osimhen’s public criticism of former Super Eagles head coach Finidi George.

Blueprint reported that Osimhen blasted Finidi on the social media on Saturday over comments the latter allegedly made on his fitness status.

The Napoli forward pulled out of Nigeria’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Benin Republic due to injury.

Reacting to a video shared by former Super Eagles media officer, Colin Udoh, Anichebe criticised Osimhen for making the matter public.

“This is something we really lack in Nigeria. We just love negativity and drama. VO was wrong to come out publicly. I’m sure he understands this now, but in the heat of the moment, it’s difficult. This could’ve been done in private, even though I fully understand he doesn’t want anyone to tarnish his image and commitment that he has worked tirelessly to maintain,” the former Everton striker said.

Anichebe also blasted the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF), and call for the disbandment of the soccer house.

“That being said, the whole federation is a complete and utter mess, completely clueless, lacking foresight, no clue about football. What was their hiring process? Does anyone even know? Nepotism at its finest. How can results be achieved with a leaderless bunch at the helm? The whole organization needs to be disbanded and started again,” he added.

Also, Nigeria international Odion Ighalo has urged Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen to remain ‘calm’.

Ighalo advised Osimhen as he commented: “Boy, calm down and end the live.”

Similarly, former Nigerian international Peterside Idah has faulted Victor Osimhen’s rant on Finidi George.

Peterside has described Osimhen’s rant as an act of irresponsibility.

“He (Osimhen) needs to come outside and apologize for the things he said to Finidi, Peterside said on social media.

“Finidi George is a legend, You don’t just widen your mouth and say things that are unpalatable. If you have issues with the man, pick up your phone and call him. That’s what responsible people do.

“Osimhen has just shown a bit of irresponsibility, and that’s unexpected. I think the NFF should call Osimhen’s and ask him to apologize. He has to apologize for saying things.”