Nigerian double, Egyptian triple

Alaa Abdel-Ghani , Tuesday 12 Dec 2023

2023 African Footballers
2023 African Footballers

 

Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen and Asisat Oshoala were crowned the 2023 African Footballers of the Year at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards ceremony in Marrakesh on Monday. Alaa Abdel-Ghani reports

Osimhen won the CAF African Men’s Player of the Year for the first time while his compatriot Oshoala won her record sixth CAF African Women’s Player of the Year.

Napoli’s Osimhen, 24, scored 26 times in 32 appearances, including the decisive goal that sealed the Scudetto in May and won Napoli their first Serie A title in 33 years.

Osimhen’s remarkable journey saw him fend off stiff competition from Moroccan full-back Achraf Hakimi and Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah. Salah was voted on the Men’s Africa XI all-star team, compiled by FIFPRO Africa.

Barcelona star Oshoala, 29, finished as the club’s top scorer with 27 goals across all competitions. She went to the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this year, becoming the first Nigerian footballer - male or female - to score in three World Cups, retaining the trophy she won last year.

Egypt got a hand on a trio of trophies. Egyptian giants Ahly clinched the Men’s Club of the Year award after winning a record-extending 11th Champions League title in 2023. The club also won the Egyptian Premier League, Egyptian Cup and the Egyptian Super Cup twice.

Ahly forward Percy Tau was the Interclub Player in Africa award.

The South African international played a major part in Ahly’s success.

Mahmoud “Kahraba” Abdel-Moniem, also of Ahly, received the Goal of the Year award for his beautiful lob against Al-Hilal of Sudan in the Champions League.

The winners were voted for by a panel consisting of CAF’s technical committee plus African media professionals, head coaches and captains. Clubs involved in the group stages of CAF’s continental competitions also have a say.


* A version of this article appears in print in the 14 December, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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