Nigerian President waxes lyrical on Osimhen, Super Falcons’ CAF Awards

Nigerian President waxes lyrical on Osimhen, Super Falcons’ CAF Awards
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In a remarkable acknowledgement of Nigeria's football prowess, Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has extended heartfelt congratulations to Victor Osimhen and the Super Falcons for their outstanding achievements at the CAF Awards 2023.

Taking to his official X account, the President expressed pride in Osimhen, who secured the prestigious CAF 2023 Men’s Player of the Year award, and Asisat Oshoala, the iconic Super Falcons forward, who clinched the Women's Player of The Year for an impressive sixth time.

Chiamaka Nnadozie also received recognition for her exceptional goalkeeping skills, earning the title of Woman Goalkeeper of the Year.

The Super Falcons collectively emerged as the Women's National Team of the Year, further solidifying Nigeria's dominance in African football.

Nigeria President celebrates Osimhen and Super Falcons' CAF Awards triumph

Victor Osimhen and Asisat Oshoala win players of the year during the 2023 CAF Awards held in Marrakech, Morocco
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The President commended the trio for their stellar performances on both national and international stages, emphasizing their roles as sources of pride for the nation and inspirations for aspiring footballers across the continent.

“I commend the trio of Osimhen, Oshoala and Nnadozie for their outstanding performances on both national and international stages, and for being sources of pride to the nation and an inspiration for aspiring footballers across the continent,” he stated.

Bola Tinubu remarked, “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.”

He highlighted the significance of their acknowledgement of indigenous coaches in shaping their careers and praised their commitment to their roots and humble beginnings.

The president expressed, “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.”

Expressing hope and belief in the nation's potential, he concluded, “I join all Nigerian fans in praying that this well-deserved honour will be the beginning of a continued journey filled with success, triumphs, and the fulfilment of all your footballing dreams.”

The President's message resonated with optimism, expressing belief in the potential for greatness within the nation and the availability of all necessary resources for success.

As Osimhen, Asisat, and Chiamaka stood atop the podium in Marrakesh, the President's words conveyed a sense of collective pride and hope for a future filled with continued success and triumphs.

This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.