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Osimhen To Battle Hakimi, Mahrez, Salah For 2023 CAF Player Of The Year Award

Osimhen To Battle Hakimi, Mahrez, Salah For 2023 CAF Player Of The Year Award

As expected, Super Eagles and Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, has been nominated for the 2023 CAF Africa Men’s Player of the Year award, completesports.com reports.

CAF announced the 30-man nominees on their X handle on Wednesday.

Osimhen will contend for the award against stars like Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane, Hakim Ziyech, Sofyane Amrabat, Yassine Bounou, Achraf Hakimi and Mohammed Kudus.

Also shortlisted are Vincent Aboubakar, Thomas Partey, Percy Tau, Frank Anguissa among others.

Osimhen will be hoping to become the first Nigerian to win the CAF Player of the Year award since Nwankwo Kanu last won it in 1999.

He finished top scorer with 26 goals as Napoli were crowned Serie A champions for the first time since 1989/90 season.

Also Read: Why Osimhen May Not Win 2023 African Player Of The Year Award —Udeze

The 24-year-old, who was named best foreign athlete in Italy, became the first-ever African to win the Serie A Golden Boot.

Also, he won top scorer in the 2023 AFCON qualifiers with 10 goals and finished in eight position in Monday’s Ballon d’Or award.

Earlier, CAF nominated Gift Orban for the Young Player of the Year category.

Orban was nominated alongside 10 other young players for the award.

The 2023 CAF Player of the Year award will take place in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday, 11 December.


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