Russian insider Alexey "OverDrive" Biryukov shared a new rumor about a potential replacement for Viktor "somedieyoung" Orudzhev in NAVI. He claimed that the organization will once again bet on their academy roster and bring Andrii "nipl" Kukharskyi from NAVI Junior.
According to Biryukov, it's unclear when this will happen. NAVI might wait for the end of the season, or they can do it in near future.
NAVI picked sdy to replace Boombl4 after PGL Major Antwerp 2022. All that time, the Ukrainian was considered a stand-in player. During that period, NAVI was still the top contender at the events but couldn't win a big one. They had two grand final losses to FaZe and an early dropout in Rio.
Nipl is currently only 17 years old, playing for the academy roster since early 2022. By NAVI standards, he has mediocre stats on HLTV so far. But there's progress: for the last 3 months, he posted a solid 1.17 rating. NAVI already had a success story with promoting a player to the main squad. B1T became the rookie of the year after they won both Major and Intel Grand Slam S4.