From the Streets of Olusosun to Africa’s Royal Seat: Victor Osimhen is Africa’s Best!

From the bustling streets of Olusosun to the pinnacle of African football, Victor Osimhen’s ascent reached new heights as he was crowned the African Player of the Year in a glittering ceremony in Marrakech, Morocco.

Osimhen, the dynamic forward for Napoli and the Super Eagles, clinched this prestigious individual honor after a stellar season. Guiding Napoli to their first Serie A title in 33 years, Osimhen’s prowess on the field proved vital in securing the coveted trophy. His 26 goals not only led Napoli to domestic glory but also made him the first African player to claim the Serie A Golden Boot.

However, Osimhen’s journey to success was far from smooth. Released by Bundesliga side Wolfsburg five years ago, he faced setbacks and injuries that could have derailed his career. His breakthrough came when he seized the opportunity presented by coach Emmanuel Amuneke during the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2015, leading Nigeria to victory.

Choosing Wolfsburg over major European clubs for its calm environment, Osimhen encountered challenges, and a loan spell to Charleroi in Belgium became pivotal in resurrecting his career. Despite facing criticism from Wolfsburg, Osimhen’s resilience and talent spoke louder, leading him to Napoli from Lille for over €60 million.

Osimhen’s time in Naples has been a rollercoaster. It took two years for him to settle, marked by personal tragedy as his father passed away during the COVID-19 lockdown. The striker also battled severe injuries, including a broken cheekbone and eye socket in 2021.

His third season with Napoli was defining. Osimhen not only played a crucial role in Napoli’s Serie A triumph but also broke records, including Cristiano Ronaldo’s jump height record and becoming the highest African goalscorer in Serie A. His accomplishments included winning the Serie A title and the Golden Boot in the same season, a feat only achieved by Zlatan Ibrahimovic before him.

Osimhen’s success has elevated him to iconic status in Naples, where his face now graces murals alongside the legendary Diego Maradona. The Napoli faithful passionately sing his name, celebrating a player who has become more than a footballer but a symbol of hope and success.

His relationship with Napoli has faced strains, notably over contract negotiations, but Osimhen’s performance on the field continues to command respect. Despite the controversies, his achievements have transcended club matters.

For Victor Osimhen, winning the CAF Footballer of the Year is not just a personal achievement; it’s the fulfilment of a dream that seemed improbable during his days navigating the streets of Olusosun.