Victor Osimhen makes history: First Nigerian to win Best African International Player award at GFA

Nigerian footballer Victor Osimhen has made history by winning the Best African International Player award at the prestigious Ghana Football Awards. The award, which was hotly contested by renowned players such as Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez, and Yassine Bounou, is a reflection of Osimhen’s outstanding performance during the 2023-24 season.

The Napoli striker played an instrumental role in securing the Scudetto title for the first time in over thirty years, scoring an impressive 26 league goals. He also helped Napoli reach the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, a feat that had never been achieved in the club’s history before.

Osimhen’s contributions to the Nigerian national team have also been exceptional. He scored a brace in their 3-2 victory over Sierra Leone in Monrovia, securing Nigeria’s place in the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. With seven goals, he is the top scorer in the AFCON qualifying campaign.

During the Ghana Football Awards ceremony, Osimhen garnered the highest number of votes, outshining fellow nominees Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez, and Yassine Bounou. This remarkable achievement marks the first time a Nigerian player has won the award, firmly etching Osimhen’s name in the annals of African football history.

Osimhen’s success is a testament to his unwavering dedication, hard work, and passion for the game. He is a true inspiration to aspiring young footballers across the continent, and his achievement serves as a reminder that with determination and perseverance, anything is possible. The Nigerian striker has set a new benchmark for excellence in African football and will undoubtedly continue to make waves in the sport for years to come.

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