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Victor Osimhen vies with Salah and Mane for CAF Player of the Year

Victor Osimhen faces stiff competition in the CAF Player of the Year race as he contends with star players like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 1st November 2023
Victor Osimhen

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has unveiled the impressive lineup of nominees for the highly prestigious Player of the Year award, with Nigeria’s very own Victor Osimhen emerging as a prominent figure among the list of contenders.


This much-anticipated announcement was made on Wednesday morning by CAF, presenting a group of 30 exceptional football stars, with renowned names such as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane standing out as strong competitors. 


The release of this list of nominees has set the world of football abuzz with excitement and anticipation as fans eagerly await the crowning of the continent’s finest football talent.



The battle for this year’s CAF Player of the Year award promises to be a fiercely contested one, with a plethora of outstanding individuals, spearheaded by Nigeria’s Osimhen, all in the race for the highly coveted title.


Napoli’s shining star, 24-year-old Osimhen, is widely regarded as the frontrunner for the 2023 edition of the Player of the Year award, following a remarkable 12-month performance for both his club and his national team.



The Super Eagles sensation was in superb form as he played a pivotal role in Napoli’s triumphant Serie A campaign, ending their 33-year title drought. His unwavering and impressive goal-scoring ability was a cornerstone of the Italian champions’ success, with an impressive tally of 26 goals in 32 appearances. Osimhen achieved a historic feat by becoming the first African player to be named the best striker in the league’s illustrious 125-year history.


Furthermore, Osimhen’s inclusion among the nominees comes as no surprise, considering his standout performances for the Super Eagles during the qualifiers, where he emerged as the continent’s top scorer with an impressive tally of 10 goals. The race for the CAF Player of the Year award is poised to be an enthralling one, with Victor Osimhen leading the charge as a remarkable and deserving contender.


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