CAF Awards 2023: the moving message from Victor Osimhen


By: Manu Tournoux

Crowned best African player of the year 2023, Victor Osimhen had an extraordinary season with Napoli where he was crowned Italian champion. A successful exercise for the Nigerian who is enjoying this trophy and his new status. On his X account, the former Wolfsburg and Lille player shared a long, moving message about his journey: “as a young boy coming from the streets of Olusosun, who had to wander through traffic jams almost every day of the week while growing up to survive the many challenges my family and I faced, become a treasure of Africa and of world football was a crazy dream. Words cannot express the joy in my heart, this is a very special moment for me.”

“My football journey has been a rollercoaster of highs, difficult lows and emotions. The goals, the echoes and the jubilation of victories keep me going even when the criticism, hatred and pain of defeats hit me hard in the chest. The support of my amazing family, my fans, especially my Nigerian supporters, and the love of the beautiful game of football motivates me to aim higher every day. The loss of my dear parents during this journey leaves a scar in my heart as they have always been my main driver of success since I was a child, may their souls continue to rest in peace. To my wonderful family, thank you for always supporting me and loving me so much. (…) Winning the title of Best African Player of CAF 2023 is a testimony to my hard work, your love and support. I am very proud of myself for winning this prestigious award. Thank you to CAF, to all the coaches I have played with, both locally and internationally, your wisdom and knowledge has played a huge role in shaping my football career, thank you very much. I’m sure my parents in heaven are smiling at me, this is for you. I also congratulate Chiamaka Nnadozie and Asisat Oshoala on their prestigious awards. Dreams come true! Thank you all, GOD is the greatest” he concluded. A moving declaration for a great champion who will have left his mark on the year 2023.

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