I’m Very Happy Osimhen Won The CAF Player Of The Year – Amunike

A former Golden Eaglets head coach Emmanuel Amunike, express excitement that Victor Osimhen won the 2023 CAF Player Of The Year (POTY) award npflupdates.com reports.

Osimhen under the tutelage of Emmanuel Amunike in 2015, won the FIFA U-17 world cup tournament; finishing as tournament’s highest goalscorer with ten goals.

Emmanuel Amunike denies not voting Victor Osimhen for 2023 CAF POTY.
Emmanuel Amunike

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Pre the 2023 award ceremony held on 11 December 2023, in Marakech Morocco, it was speculated that Amunike supported Egypt’s Mohammed Salah to win the CAF POTY award ahead of Victor Osimhen.

The 1994 African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) winner, however cleared  the air he never supported Salah ahead of Osimhen.

Amunike express excitement Osimhen won the 2023 CAF POTY award

In a recent report by PUNCH Nigeria, the 53-year-old stated he was very happy, stressing that the 24-year-old forward has the ability to win the Ballon d’Or.

“Very happy,” Amunike said when asked if he was happy to see the former Olympique Lille forward win the CAF POTY.

Victor Osimhen wins 2023 CAF Player Of The Year (POTY) award

“It’s shows that he didn’t relent despite the setbacks, he continued to work hard. I’m happy for him and I believe he can be a contender for the Ballon d’ Or if he  puts in more efforts in his game. He’s becoming that great player that we saw in him nine years ago when we first saw him. He can win it again next year but like I said, hard work and consistency will be key to that.”

Speaking further, Amunike who helped Nigeria win gold(in men’s football) at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, remains upbeat the Super Eagles can win the 34th edition of AFCON.

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Sao Tome and Principe line up against the Super Eagles before kick-off.
Sao Tome and Principe line up against Super Eagles in Uyo

“Of course, they can if they play cohesively as a team. We need to have it at the back of our minds that there are other countries too at the tournament capable of winning it as well. But I believe we have the players that can win the title for Nigeria. We just need some discipline,” he said.

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