Nigerian forward Chukwueze wins best African player in La Liga

Ahram Online , Tuesday 6 Jun 2023

Villarreal CF Nigerian forward Samuel Chukwueze has been named best African player in the 2022/2023 Spanish La Liga.

Nigerian Forward Chukwueze
Chukwueze best African player of the season. Photo: Villarreal fc official website

The 24-year old winger won the vote conducted by fans and journalists across Africa after an impressive performance throughout the season.

Chukwueze beat out competition from two other top African players: Ghana's Inaki Williams, who won the LaLiga Santander Mid-Season African MVP Award after scoring 10 goals in 36 LaLiga matches for Athletic Club, and Morocco's Yassine Bounou, who helped Sevilla FC win the UEFA Europa League.

The Super Eagles players scored 13 goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions, as Villarreal CF finished fifth in LaLiga and qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

“I feel so happy to win this award, I’ve worked very hard this season, but I want to thank my teammates for making it possible. Without them this wouldn’t have been possible for me, and the coach [Quique Setién] too. When the coach believes in you, and gives you the confidence to play and enjoy yourself, it really motivates you.” Chukwueze told La Liga website.

“But I think I can still do more, I want to continue working hard. I’m still young, so I’m still learning. This is just the beginning.” he concluded.

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