Osimhen beat Simon and eight other African stars to the award.
“Congrats my bro @victorosimhen9 glad you have it more success👊 ,” Simon wrote on his Twitter handle.
Osimhen succeeds last year’s winner Nicolas Pepe as well as becoming the second Nigerian after Vincent Enyeama (2014) to claim the individual prize since inception in 2009.
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The 21-year-old, who joined Lille from Belgian Pro League club Sporting Charleroi last summer was also named the club’s player of the year.
Osimhen scored 18 goals and registered six assists in 38 appearances across all competitions for Lille during the campaign.
Simon also enjoyed a successful debut campaign in France for Nantes.
The versatile winger scored nine goals and grabbed eight assists in 30 games across all competitions for the Canaries.
He also picked up the Nantes’ player of the year and goal of the season prize.
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