Victor Osimhen reflects on journey from Lagos streets to CAF African Player of the Year

Super Eagles and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen expressed disbelief at realizing his childhood dream of becoming a treasure in African and world football

Lagos, Nigeria: In a poignant reflection on his extraordinary journey, Super Eagles and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen expressed disbelief at realizing his childhood dream of becoming a treasure in African and world football.

The 24-year-old recently achieved a significant milestone by being crowned the 2023 CAF African Player of the Year, surpassing the likes of Mo Salah and Achraf Hakimi.


Osimhen’s heartfelt acknowledgement of his remarkable ascent came in a post on his X account, where he shared the challenges he faced in his early days hawking on the streets of Lagos.

The Nigerian striker’s success story is a testament to his talent on the football pitch and his resilience and determination in overcoming adversity.

The Napoli forward highlighted his humble beginnings in Olusosun, where he navigated the challenges of street life, hawking almost every day of the week to support his family.

Osimhen’s journey from the bustling streets of Lagos to becoming a continental football sensation illustrates the power of determination and perseverance in pursuing dreams.

In his words, Osimhen expressed the overwhelming joy in his heart, emphasizing that becoming a treasure in Africa and the world of football was once a wild dream.

The recognition as the CAF African Player of the Year holds special significance for him, marking a pivotal moment in his football career.


The 24-year-old acknowledged the rollercoaster nature of his football journey, characterized by highs, tough lows, and emotional moments.

Despite the challenges, Osimhen credits the goals, echoes of victories, and jubilation as driving forces that keep him motivated.

His unwavering passion for the beautiful game and the support of his family, fans, and Nigerian supporters contribute to his resilience in the face of criticism, hate, and defeats.

Osimhen paid tribute to his family, expressing gratitude for their unwavering support throughout his career. He particularly acknowledged the impact of losing his parents, who served as his primary driving force for success since childhood, and wished for their souls to continue resting in peace.

The Napoli striker also extended heartfelt thanks to his fans and Nigerian supporters, acknowledging their dedication and support on good and challenging days.

Despite facing criticism and arrows of hatred, Osimhen emphasized the enduring support he received, which stood as a testament to the resilience of his fan base.

As Victor Osimhen basks in the glory of being named the CAF African Player of the Year, his reflective words serve as an inspiration to aspiring athletes and a reminder that dreams, no matter how wild, can be achieved through dedication, hard work, and the unwavering support of loved ones and fans.


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