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CAF Awards: Sports minister hails Osimhen, Oshoala’s feat


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The Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, has congratulated Victor Osimhen and Asisat Oshoala for securing the coveted titles of Men’s and Women’s African Footballer of the Year.

The duo won the awards at the 2023 Confederation of African Football, CAF awards.

The minister gave the commendation on Monday in Abuja shortly after the CAF awards night held in Marrakech, Morocco.

He described the duo’s triumph in clinching the most prestigious individual accolades in African football as a testament to their outstanding talent, dedication, and immense contributions to the round leather game.

Enoh commended their exemplary performances, which had not only made Nigeria proud but had also garnered global recognition for their exceptional skills and commitment.

The minister also commended Chiamaka Nnadozie who won the inaugural Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year Award, to solidify her position as the best goalkeeper in Africa.

“The victory of Victor Osimhen, Asisat Oshoala, Chiamaka Nnadozie and the Super Falcons at the CAF Awards not only brings pride and honor to Nigeria but also opens a new vista for the country’s sports landscape.

“Their achievements serve as an inspiration to aspiring young athletes, demonstrating that hard work, dedication, and talent can lead to remarkable success on the global stage.

“Osimhen’s growth from the local suburb of Olusosun to the world stage is a demonstration of why grassroots development is a major part of our plans.

“This administration is committed to creating a platform for more Osimhens, Oshoalas, etc. We will foster the development of our sports, and ensure we set the path for the future.” he said.

Enoh noted that Osimhen and Oshoala (two Nigerians) had created a new record of being the first players from the same country to win the coveted prize in the same year.

He also hailed the Super Falcons for emerging the best Women’s National team of the year.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Osimhen’s exceptional prowess on the field, coupled with his stellar performances for club and country rightfully earned him the title of Men’s African Footballer of the Year, the first Nigerian to win the award in 24 years.

He also finished in the top 10 position in the 2023 Ballon D’or Awards.

Asisat Oshoala’s on the other hand scooped a record-extending 6th Women’s African Footballer of the year award to become the most decorated African player on the CAF Awards stage.


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