Former Nigeria defender Ifeanyi Udeze has revealed he was surprised to learn Napoli striker Victor Osimhen was not nominated for CAF Men’s Player of the Year Award for the past season.
Udeze, 41, Punch:
It was a surprise to me that Osimhen’s name was not on that list, there was a 30-man shortlist and his name was not there, I was shocked.
I don’t know the criteria they are using for the nominations. I feel Osimhen was not on that list because he did not go for the African Cup of Nations and this affected his judgement.
Moses was on that list because he performed for Nigeria in the AFCON, and he also helped his club [Nantes] side to win a cup at least.
I think Osimhen should just take that off his mind and work towards the new season and you never can tell, I’ll just wish him all the very best,” he added.
I would have wished Osimhen was among the nominees but I don’t know the criteria they used in picking those players,” the former midfielder opined.
He has done so well and is the best young player in the Italian league. If a player can win the best young player in Serie A, it shows that he has a lot of potential, and when you look at the national level, he is one of our best at the moment, and for that reason, I think he deserves a spot and even if he doesn’t win it, at least, it’s a recognition of what he is doing.
Osimhen has been linked to several top European clubs including Arsenal and Manchester United.