February 26, 2024
Victor Osimhen, Up Against Mohamed Salah and Achraf Hakimi For CAF Awards 2023
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Victor Osimhen, Up Against Mohamed Salah and Achraf Hakimi For CAF Awards 2023

Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen is regarded as the front-runner to be named African Footballer of the Year on Monday, but the Napoli man faces competition from Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and Paris St-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi.

Egypt captain Salah won the Confederation of African Football (Caf) award in 2017 and 2018 – and was runner-up to Sadio Mane in 2019 and 2022 – while right-back Hakimi played a crucial role in Morocco’s historic run to the semi-finals at the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

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Yet Osimhen was the highest-ranked African player in the 2023 Men’s Ballon d’Or Award, finishing eighth after scoring 26 goals last season to help Napoli to their first Serie A title in 33 years.

But, should he be overlooked, the 24-year-old will join a long list of illustrious players who failed to win the biggest individual prize on the continent.

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