Victor Osimhen beats Mahrez, Salah to win African award


, the Nigerian striker, has been honored with the Best African Player award at the Ghana Football Awards, surpassing Treble winner Riyadh and Mohammed .


Osimhen, 24 years old, had an outstanding season, scoring 31 goals across all competitions to contribute to Napoli’s victory in the Serie A title, the first time in over 30 years for the club.


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This remarkable season has earned Osimhen various awards and record-breaking achievements, with his latest recognition coming from the Ghana Football Awards ceremony.


In an online video, Osimhen expressed his gratitude to the organizers for the award and promised to make Africa proud. The video was shared on the official Twitter account of the Ghana Football Awards.


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“I consider it a great privilege to win this award; it’s truly a great honor. I want to thank those who voted for me and supported me. I also want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the organizers of the Ghana Football Awards for their love and support. I am grateful to all of you for this recognition,” Osimhen expressed.

He further stated, “I will continue to make Africa proud. Thank you all, and may God bless you.”




As a former player for Lille, Osimhen scored 31 goals in the previous season in all competitions for Napoli, playing a crucial role in the club’s triumph after a 33-year wait for the Serie A title. Additionally, he made significant contributions to the Nigerian national team, scoring twice in the 3-2 victory over Sierra Leone, securing their qualification for the AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast next year.


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Osimhen’s exceptional season also led him to win the top scorer award with 26 goals and break the long-standing record set by George Weah, the former World Player of the Year, as the African player with the highest number of goals in Serie A history. He was awarded the best striker in the league and is also considered a strong contender for the best player accolade at this year’s CAF awards.

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