The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) congratulates Super Eagles’ top striker, Victor Osimhen, and Super Falcons’ forward, Asisat Oshoala, on their nominations for this year’s Ballon d’Or honors.
Osimhen, who scored 26 goals in the Italian Serie A last season to lead Napoli FC to their first Italian league title in 33 years, also netted five goals in the UEFA Champions League, where Napoli reached the semi-finals. He is also the leading scorer in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with seven goals.
“We are indeed very proud of the nominations of our players, Victor Osimhen and Asisat Oshoala, for the Ballon d’Or. It is the first time that players from the same country are nominated for both male and female categories, and this makes us proud. It also underscores the stellar careers that both players have at the moment, and we pray that God will continue to take them from glory to glory.
“These nominations will also, no doubt, encourage other Nigerian players everywhere to be pivotal for their clubs and the national team whenever they represent the country,” said NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.
Oshoala has been instrumental for the Spanish club Barcelona Femení in the past two seasons, scoring numerous goals and providing assists. She also scored a crucial goal for Nigeria against co-host nation Australia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Down Under.