Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, expressed high praise for Victor Osimhen and Asisat Oshoala, who emerged as the Men’s and Women’s African Footballers of the Year, respectively, at the prestigious 2023 CAF Awards ceremony held in Marrakech, Morocco on Monday night,leadership reports.
Senator Enoh lauded the Nigerian duo’s achievement, highlighting that their success in securing the most prestigious individual accolades in African football underscores their exceptional talent, dedication, and substantial contributions to the sport. He commended their exemplary performances, not only bringing pride to Nigeria but also gaining global recognition for their outstanding skills and commitment.
Additionally, Senator Enoh congratulated Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie for winning the inaugural Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year Award, solidifying her position as the best goalkeeper in Africa.
The Minister emphasized that the victories of Victor Osimhen, Asisat Oshoala, Chiamaka Nnadozie, and the Super Falcons at the CAF Awards mark a significant moment for Nigeria’s sports landscape. He stated that their achievements serve as inspiration for aspiring young athletes, illustrating that hard work, dedication, and talent can lead to remarkable success on the global stage.
Senator Enoh expressed pride in Osimhen and Oshoala setting a new record as the first players from the same country to win the coveted prizes in the same year. He highlighted Osimhen’s remarkable journey from the local suburb of Olusosun to the world stage as a testament to the importance of grassroots development in the Ministry’s plans.
The Minister reiterated the administration’s commitment to creating a platform for more talents like Osimhen and Oshoala, fostering sports development and setting the path for the future.
Senator Enoh concluded by extending heartfelt congratulations to the Super Falcons, acknowledging their resilience and dedication in elevating Nigerian women’s football on the continental stage. He affirmed the Ministry’s unwavering support for athletes across all sporting disciplines, pledging to provide necessary infrastructure, opportunities, and encouragement for athletes to thrive and excel both locally and internationally.