Mouktar Mohammed, the Chairman, FCT Football Association has made a case for Victor Osimhen as the African Player of the Year, saying that he deserves to win the CAF 2023 award.
Osimhen was among 30 players who made the cut for the top prize; CAF African Player of the Year 2023 which was announced by CAF on Wednesday.
The Awards Gala is scheduled for Dec. 11 in Marrakech, Morocco.
Mohammed told NAN that Osimhen had worked really hard in the year under review to earn his place in both Africa and the world football top rankings.
Osimhen made history for Nigeria and Africa as he finished in an impressive eight position in the 2023 Men’s Ballon d’Or rankings on Monday.
He became the first Nigerian to be nominated and finish in the top 10 in the male category in 24 years.
Sunday Oliseh and Kanu Nwankwo were nominated for the 1998 and 1999 Ballon d’Or awards but did not finish in the top 20.
With his eight-place finish, the goal-scoring machine sets the record as the highest-ranked Nigerian player at the Ballon d’Or and also the highest-ranked African player at this year’s edition.
“I think he has done enough to win the Africa Player of the Year Award. He deserves it, especially after finishing 8th on the Ballon d’Or list.
“Osimhen was in fine form in the 2022/2023 season, as his 25 league goals helped Italian football royalty Napoli to their first Seria A title in 33 years.
“He pipped Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan and AC Milan’s Rafael Leao to clinch the Best Striker in Serie A gong.
“Osimhen scored five times in six games for Napoli as they reached the quarterfinal stages of the UEFA Champions League,” he said.