FIFA Honours Nigerian Star Forward

Super Eagles and Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen has been presented with a personalised ball and shift by world football body, FIFA official Gelson Fernandes in recognition of his achievements.

Fernandes lauded the striker for his impact on the sport and for serving as an example for the younger generation.

The FIFA official wrote, “From Lagos to Napoli where people love you, you have suffered, but your love for football and determination have guided you.

“Keep going, keep pushing. Africa needs examples and millions are watching and dreaming.”

This follows his recent conferment with the National Award of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic by former President, Muhammadu Buhari.

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Osimhen has served as a role model for several young footballers since he emerged as an international prospect in 2015 when his record 10 goals fired the Golden Eaglets to a fifth U-17 World Cup title in Chile.

The 24-year-old finished as the tournament’s top scorer, winning the Golden Boot award along with the Silver Ball for his impressive performances.

The Nigerian bagged 10 goals in seven matches to break the long-standing record of nine goals in a single tournament previously jointly held by Frenchman Florent Sinama Pongolle and Ivorian Souleymane Coulibaly.

That feat also earned him the 2015 CAF Youth Player of The Year prize.

Osimhen also led Napoli to win the Serie A title for the first time in 33 years in the just-concluded season and also became the first African to win the Capocannoniere (Serie A Top Scorer Award).

The striker also broke a 14-year jinx of being the first player since Zlatan Ibrahimovic to win the Scudetto and the Capocannoniere same season.

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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