Osimhen: Ex Super Eagles Star Sends Warning to CAF Ahead of African Best Player Award

Osimhen: Ex Super Eagles Star Sends Warning to CAF Ahead of African Best Player Award

Raphael Abiola
updated at November 1, 2023 at 2:24 PM
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  • John Ogu has sent an implied warning to CAF ahead of the 2023 African Footballer of the Year Award
  • The former Super Eagles midfielder is pleading Victor Osimhen's case following the 2023 Ballon d'Or
  • The Napoli striker was nominated along with 29 others for the award, which will be held in December

Former Super Eagles star, John Ogu has sent an apparent warning to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) about the upcoming 2023 African Footballer of the Year Awards.

Nigerians continue to plead Victor Osimhen's case concerning who should win the award among the nominees.

The Super Eagles striker was one of the 30 nominees for the 2023 Africa Player of the Year award alongside the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Riyad Mahrez.

Victor Osimhen and John Ogu in the Nigerian national football team colours during the 2019 AFCON tournament.
Victor Osimhen and John Ogu: Ogu has sent a 'warning' to CAF ahead of the 2023 African Football of the Year Award. Photo: Ahmed Awaad.
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Former Super Eagles midfielder, Ogu took to X (formerly Twitter) to send a message to the organisers of the award, as he believes Osimhen has done enough to win the accolade ahead of other nominees.

"Dear [CAF], I'm sure y’all saw the whole Ballon d'Or setting last night. This is exactly how we want such an award to be delivered and well organised for our star boy [Osimhen] as the best player in Africa. Thank you in advance," he said.

The Nigerian international scored 26 goals for Napoli last season and led them to their first Serie A title in 33 years. He was also the top goal-scorer during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with 10, according to TransferMarkt.

The annual CAF awards are scheduled for December and will be held in Marrakech, a city in Morocco.

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Osimhen makes Ballon d'Or awards top 10

Sports Brief previously reported on Nigerian international, Osimhen finishing among the top 10 in the world in the 2023 Ballon d’Or rankings.

During the 2022/2023 season, the Super Eagles star marksman led Napoli to the Serie A title for the first time in more than three decades.

Osimhen scored 26 league goals last season, netting a total of 31 times in 39 matches across all competitions during the club campaign.

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Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.