President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has congratulated Super Eagles forward, Victor Osimhen, on winning the CAF 2023 Men’s Player of the Year award.
The President also celebrated the remarkable achievements of Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria’s Super Falcons, who clinched the 2023 CAF Women’s Player of The Year for the sixth time, and Chiamaka Nnadozie, who was awarded the Woman Goalkeeper of the Year, as well as the Super Falcons for emerging the Women’s National Team of the Year.
In a statement released by Presidential Spokesperson Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu praised the trio for their outstanding performances and for inspiring aspiring footballers across the continent.
“Watching the great ambassadors of Nigeria stand atop the podium as the African Footballers of the Year, in the men and women categories, on Monday night in Marrakesh, Morocco, has strengthened our belief that with hard work, perseverance, and the help of God, everything this nation needs for greatness is within us and available to us.
“I commend Victor and Asisat for not forgetting their roots and days of humble beginnings in the game they love so much and for acknowledging the role of indigenous coaches in shaping their careers.
“I join all Nigerian fans in praying that this well-deserved honour will begin a continued journey filled with success, triumphs, and the fulfilment of all your footballing dreams,” the President said.
Similarly, Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has hailed the trio for their success at the CAF Awards.
Taking to his official X handle, Atiku said; “I am both excited and delighted at the news that Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen and Asisat Oshoala have won the prestigious CAF Player of The Year in the men and women categories, respectively. This is no mean feat and is unprecedented in the rich footballing history of our dear country.
“Osimhen bringing the title to Nigeria after 24 years is no mean feat, as is Asisat Oshoala’s winning the same title for the sixth time.
“The greatness of this generation of Nigerians, irrespective of the leadership challenges of the country, is indeed a beacon of hope to all patriots.
“Congratulations, Victor Osimhen; congratulations, Asisat Oshoala, and congratulations to all Nigerians.”