MARRAKECH, Morocco – In a night of celebration and triumph, Victor Osimhen, the dynamic forward of the Nigerian Super Eagles, was crowned the 2023 African Footballer of the Year.
The grand event, held at the Palais des Congrès in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday, December 11, 2023, saw Osimhen rise above strong competitors to claim the prestigious honor.
Osimhen faced stiff competition from two of Africa’s finest football talents: Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi and Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah. However, his remarkable performance throughout the year secured his place at the top.
This accolade marks a significant milestone, as Osimhen becomes the first Nigerian to win this award since Nwankwo Kanu’s triumph twenty-four years ago. At just 24 years old, Osimhen’s journey to this achievement has captivated football fans and pundits alike.
His stellar 2022/23 season with Italian club Napoli was a key factor in his win. Osimhen played a pivotal role in guiding Napoli to their first title in 33 years, showcasing his skill and tenacity on the field.
His remarkable record of 26 goals in 32 league appearances, along with five goals in six UEFA Champions League matches, underlines his status as a top-tier forward.
Despite Nigeria’s heartbreak in missing out on the 2022 World Cup ticket to Ghana, Osimhen’s contributions to the Super Eagles have been nothing short of staggering.
His prowess was particularly evident in the qualification race for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), where he emerged as the top scorer with an impressive tally of 10 goals.
Football analysts and fans have lauded Osimhen’s achievement, celebrating his resilience, skill, and the remarkable journey that led him to this moment of glory.
His win not only elevates his status in the world of football but also serves as an inspiration for aspiring footballers across Africa and beyond.
As Osimhen lifted the trophy amidst the cheers and applause of the gathered audience, it was a moment that etched his name in the annals of African football history.
With this award, Victor Osimhen has truly cemented his place among the greats of African football.