Africa’s Best! Osimhen Crowned 2023 CAF Footballer Of The Year

Africa’s Best! Osimhen Crowned 2023 CAF Footballer Of The Year

 Victor Osimhen has been crowned the 2023 African Footballer of the Year.

This accolade not only solidifies his position as one of the world's best players but also marks the end of Nigeria's 24-year wait for Africa's top individual prize.

Osimhen, a key player for both Napoli and the Nigerian national team, triumphed over tough competition from Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah.

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His remarkable journey throughout the year included spearheading Napoli's Serie A title run.

Where he not only secured the top scorer award but also broke George Weah’s record as the highest-scoring African player in the Italian top flight.

The Super Eagles forward expressed his gratitude at the awards ceremony, attributing his success to the impact of Nigerian legend Emmanuel Amuneke, who coached him at the U-17 level.

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Osimhen thanked his supporters, acknowledging the encouragement from Nigerian legends like Emmanuel Adebayo and Solomon Kalu.

He expressed deep appreciation for the African legends who inspired him, specifically mentioning his role model, Didier Drogba.

Osimhen's achievements extended beyond the pitch, as he clinched the ninth spot in the 2023 Ballon d’Or.

Making him the highest-ranked African player for the year and the most-ranked Nigerian in the history of the award.

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Earlier in the year, he became the first African to win the Italian Footballers' Association Player of the Year award.

Despite Nigeria's heartbreaking loss in the 2022 World Cup qualification to Ghana, Osimhen's contributions were outstanding.

He emerged as the top scorer in the qualification race for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with an impressive tally of 10 goals.

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In the midst of a slightly hampered season for Napoli due to injuries, Osimhen's recognition as the 2023 African Footballer of the Year stands as the pinnacle of his immensely successful year.

This achievement not only brings pride to Nigeria but also underscores Osimhen's significant impact on the global football stage.

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