Nigerian football sensation Victor Osimhen has received a coveted nomination for the African Player of the Year award. This recognition comes as a testament to his remarkable achievements on the football field.
Osimhen, who currently plays for Napoli, made waves in the football world by emerging as the leading scorer in Serie A last season with a remarkable 26 goals. His goal-scoring prowess continued during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches, where he scored a total of 10 goals, including an incredible four in a single match.
However, Osimhen is not alone in the race for this prestigious award. The list of nominees includes an array of talented individuals. Notably, the Moroccan national team, which made history in Qatar last December by becoming the first World Cup semi-finalists from Africa, has several players nominated. The Moroccan contingent includes goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, defender Achraf Hakimi, midfielder Sofyan Amrabat, winger Hakim Ziyech, and forward Youssef en Nesyri, all of whom played crucial roles in their team’s remarkable journey.
In addition to the Moroccans, previous winners Sadio Mane of Senegal and Mohamed Salah of Egypt are also among the nominees. Their consistent excellence on the field has earned them well-deserved nominations for the award.
The coaching category features Walid Regragui, who took the helm of the Moroccan national team shortly before their historic World Cup run. His strategic guidance played a vital role in Morocco’s impressive performance.
The Club Player of the Year category includes Fiston Mayele from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who emerged as the joint leading scorer in both the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup last season. Mayele’s remarkable contributions to his club did not go unnoticed.
The nominees for these prestigious awards were carefully selected by a panel of experts, including CAF technical specialists, African football legends, and media representatives.
Notably, the nominees for the women’s awards will be announced at a later date, heightening the anticipation for these highly regarded honors.
The awards ceremony is set to take place in the central Moroccan city of Marrakech on Monday, December 11. This event promises to be a grand celebration of the exceptional talent and achievements in African football.
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