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Soccer News of Tuesday, 24 January 2023


Osimhen or Partey: Napoli star receives massive backing to win Africa's best award ahead of Ghanaian star

Victor Osimhen, Thomas Partey   Photo credit: Naija Sports via Instagram Victor Osimhen, Thomas Partey Photo credit: Naija Sports via Instagram

Napoli Starman Victor Osimhen has received massive backing from fans online to win the next African best player award ahead of Arsenal's Thomas Partey.

The two African stars have been pivotal in their team's remarkable run in Europe as their respective clubs lead the Serie A and the English Premier League.

Osimhen has guided the Naples-based team to open a twelve-point gap at the top of Serie A and are the likeliest candidate to win the Scudetto for the first time since the days of Diego Armando Maradona in 1990.

Thomas Partey on the other hand has also helped the Gunners to a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League ahead of champions Manchester City with a game in hand.

Mikel Arteta's side have sent a strong signal to the remaining title contenders in the PL, and the Gunners are now considered favourites to win the Premier League title which will be their first since the days of the Invincibles in the 2003-2004 season.

The aforementioned put Osimhen and Partey in close contention for the continent's most prestigious award but many locals believe the Super Eagle is miles ahead of the Black Star.

Check out the reactions below courtesy of Naija Sports Instagram handle:

_@mr_letsgogetit: Napoli is on top because of Victor Oshimen, Arsenal is not on top because of Partey!

_@globoii.joe: Out of the 2 it has to be Osimhen but someone like Bounou or Hakimi is probably gonna win it because they were important for Morocco in Qatar.

_@elegbete1: Not to be sentimental and despite being an arsenal fan I will say oshimen

_@raggedyole: Strikers are well recognized than midfielders I’m just saying, I believe Osimhen deserves to win it

_@mustaqlawal: Osimhen as a striker even have more assists than partey, let me clear it go n wash Zombo aguissa currently he is d highest midfielder in African now judge from his performance in Napoli not partey that is just playing cuz arsenal is playing, thank u

_@denonso2022: No! need for this comparison of who should be AFOTY, simply put, Osimhen is miles ahead of everyone African player deemed to be second & third best.

_@budexemma's: Victor is scoring goals and his on top form ❤️

Osimhen has managed 13 goals and 3 assists in 15 league appearances for the Spalletti-led side this season.

He is also the leading top scorer in the Italian topflight.