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‘Man of the people’ – CAF hails Victor Osimhen for taking his award to Alma mata

Reigning CAF Player of the Year Victor Osimhen has won the hearts of football fans across Africa in a heartwarming display of community spirit.

The Napoli striker, who became the first Nigerian player in 22 years to be crowned the continent’s top player, chose to share his prestigious award with the people who know him best—his former classmates and teachers at Olusosun Primary School in Lagos.

Rather than basking in the individual glory of his triumph, which saw him edge out stars like Achraf Hakimi and Mohamed Salah, the 25-year-old made a special trip back to his alma mater to celebrate with the community that nurtured him. Footage of Osimhen’s visit showed the Nigerian forward proudly displaying his CAF Player of the Year trophy, as he was welcomed with joyous fanfare.

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Recognizing the significance of this gesture, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) took to social media to heap praise on their reigning star, hailing Osimhen as the man of the people for his heartwarming act. “The man of the people. Victor Osimhen took his African Player of the Year award back to his old primary school in Lagos, Nigeria,” CAF wrote on their official Twitter account.

This humble display from Osimhen stands in stark contrast to the recent controversy that saw him engage in a public spat on Instagram with former Nigeria coach Finidi George. However, the striker appears to have put that incident firmly behind him, choosing instead to bask in the glory of his historic achievement and reconnect with his roots.

CAF’s glowing endorsement of Osimhen’s gesture shows the power of football to unite communities and inspire. By sharing his success with those who knew him before the fame, the Nigerian has demonstrated the true essence of sportsmanship and African solidarity.

This heartwarming homecoming is sure to cement Osimhen’s status as a beloved figure not just in Nigerian football, but across the entire African continent.

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