Former Nigerian international, Tijani Babangida has revealed that it will be difficult for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to deny Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen the African Footballer of the Year Award.
Recall that the award will be held today, and three top players will be vying for it. They include, Osimhen, Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Hakimi of Morocco.
However, in a chat with Completesports.com, Babangida stated that the Napoli striker is top favourite to win the award.
“I really think Osimhen deserves this award by all standard. The record speaks well for him last season and I expect him to be announced as the winner of the award.
“Yes, Salah did well for Liverpool but you can’t compare his performance and achievement with what Osimhen did for Napoli last season in the Serie A.
“I am confident that CAF won’t deny Osimhen because he has worked for it and should be crowned for his efforts.”
Each of the three final nominees for the crown has showcased exceptional talent and contribution to their respective teams, making the choice all the more intriguing.
Nigerian forward Osimhen’s league-leading 26 goals for Napoli last season lifted the club to its first Serie A title in 33 years.
The Napoli striker, who was ranked 8th best player in the 2023 Ballon d’Or award, is heavily tipped to win the crown and would become the first Nigerian to do so after Nwankwo Kanu victory in 1999.
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