Napoli striker Victor Osimhen and Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala have clinched coveted spots in the final three-man shortlist for the CAF Player of the Year awards in their respective categories. Osimhen, celebrated for his exceptional performance as the top scorer in the 2023 African Cup Nations qualifiers, will contend for the prestigious award alongside football luminaries such as Egypt’s Mohammed Salah, Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi, and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez.
Osimhen, who played a pivotal role in Napoli’s Scudetto triumph last season, clinching the Golden Boot with an impressive tally of 26 goals, has rightfully earned his place among the football elite vying for the CAF Player of the Year accolade. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on 11 December 2023 in Marrakech, Morocco.
Meanwhile, Asisat Oshoala, the reigning African women’s player of the year, has solidified her standing as one of the continent’s football icons. Oshoala’s remarkable contributions to FC Barcelona, where she not only led the team to the 2022/23 Spanish League title but also emerged as the top scorer with 27 goals in all competitions, have positioned her as a formidable contender for the women’s CAF Player of the Year award. Her competition includes South Africa’s Thembi Klagtlana and Zambia’s Barbara Banda, promising an intense showdown at the upcoming award ceremony.
The recognition of Osimhen and Oshoala among the finalists attests to their exceptional skills, dedication, and significant impact on the football landscape, making them shining stars in the African football constellation.