African Ballon d’Or: Osimhen crowned, Hakimi returns empty-handed


By: Manu Tournoux

Victor Osimhen won the title of best African player of the year awarded by CAF on Monday.

The Super Eagles striker, whose feat ended Nigeria’s 24-year wait for Africa’s most prestigious individual award, was presented with the award on Monday. The legendary Kanu Nwankwo was the last Nigerian to win the award, in 1999.

At the event, a smiling Osimhen praised the impact of Nigerian legend Emmanuel Amunike, who coached him at the U-17 level.

“First of all, I want to thank God for everything. I particularly thank Mr. Emmanuel Amunike. Without him, I don’t think I would be standing in front of you to hold up one of the most prestigious awards in world football.” he declared to the assembly made up of the crème de la crème of African football and elsewhere.

“It’s a dream come true for me. I would like to thank everyone who has accompanied me throughout my life. By realizing my dreams, by achieving my goals.

“I appreciate Nigerians for their support; I appreciate Africa for putting me on the map, for encouraging me and for standing up for me, whatever my flaws.

“I also thank Emmanuel Adebayor for his encouragement. Solomon Kalu, I like you. And all the African legends I admired growing up inspired me. Didier Drogba, my role model, thank you very much. God bless you all. »

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