Osimhen, 24, has been performing well for Napoli over the last 12 months, contributing to the team’s first league title in 33 years. In 32 Serie A games played last season, he scored 31 goals, including a league-high 26 goals.
For his exceptional performance in Italy, the Nigerian was awarded Serie A Best Striker, Paolo Rossi Award winner, and Italian Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.
In addition, he finished eighth on the most recent Ballon d’Or shortlist and he is a nominee for the Globe Soccer award.
Osimhen finished the 2023 AFCON qualification top scorer with ten goals as he helped the Super Eagles to finish the campaign top of their group and qualify for the tournament with ease.
The 24-year-old Napoli striker is expected to continue to dominate the continent when the 2023 AFCON kicks off in Ivory Coast from January 13 to February 11.
Osimhen is expected to succeed Sadio Mane who is the current winner of the CAF Player of the Year award. This year’s edition of the award will take place on December 11.
If Victor Osimhen wins the award, he will become the first Nigerian player to win it since Nwankwo Kanu grabbed it in 1999. Kanu is the only Nigerian to win the award twice.
Aside from Kanu, Victor Ikpeba, Emmanuel Amuneke, and Rashidi Yekini are other Nigerians to have ever won the award.
In the 2023 edition of the award, the Super Falcons national team are up for the best national team of the year. Asisat Oshoala, Deborah Abiodun, and Chiamaka Nnadozie are among the other Nigerian personalities who have been nominated for the CAF awards.