LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Newly-crowned African Footballer of the Year, Victor Osimhen, has paid glowing tributes to his parents.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria talisman beat Egypt’s Mohammed Salah and Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi to the coveted CAF Men’s Player of the Year award in an event held in Morocco on Monday, 11 December, 2023.
After receiving the award, the SS Napoli star striker took to his X (formerly Twitter) account to write his appreciation.
While acknowledging his roots, and how he started life on the streets of Lagos, he wrote: “As a young boy who came from the streets of Olusosun, who had to hawk in traffic almost every day of the week while growing in-order to survive the numerous challenges my family and I were facing, becoming a Treasure in Africa and World Football was a wild dream. Words can’t express the joy in my heart, this is a very special moment to me.
“My football journey has been a rollercoaster of highs, tough lows and emotions. The goals, echoes and jubilation of victories keeps me going even when the critics, hate and pain of defeats hit me hard in the chest.
“The support of my amazing family, my fans most especially my Nigerian supporters and the love for the beautiful game of football motivates me to aim higher daily.”
On how his parents’ deaths impacted his career, he said: “Losing my dear parents in the course of this journey leaves a scar in my heart as they have always been my major driving force for success since I was a kid, may their souls continue to rest in peace.”
“To my wonderful family thanks for always having my back and loving me so much. I wouldn’t have made it this far without your esteemed support.
“To my fans and Nigerian supporters, your dedication in supporting me on the good days and bad days do not go unnoticed, even amidst the arrows of hatred thrown at me y’all still stood by my side. I am grateful.
“Winning the CAF Best African Player 2023 is a testament of my hardwork, your love and support. I am so proud of myself for achieving this prestigious award.
“Thank you CAF, to all the coaches I have played under both local and international, your wisdom and knowledge have played huge roles in guiding my footballing career, thank you so much.
“I am sure my parents in heaven are smiling at me, this is for you.
“I also congratulate Chiamaka Nnadozie and Asisat Oshoala for their prestigious awards. Dreams do come true! Thank you everyone,GOD is the greatest🙏🏽❤️🇳🇬”