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  As we bid farewell to 2023, a year filled with challenges and triumphs, let’s take a moment to celebrate the remarkable achievements of some of Nigeria’s brightest sporting individuals across various sports. From the world of football to athletics, and basketball, these individuals have left an indelible mark on the global stage.
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Victor Osimhen

Victor Osimhen emerged as a beacon of success in Naples, securing the Serie A title after a 33-year hiatus. Not only did he claim the top scorer title, but he also earned Serie A’s best player award, landed eighth at the FIFA The Best awards, and culminated the year by clinching the prestigious CAF Player of the Year award for 2023

Asisat Oshoala

Asisat Oshoala, the Super Sub, was the first African player to score in three different FIFA Women’s World Cups. Beyond her international success, she played a pivotal role in Barcelona’s triumph, securing the La Liga and UEFA Women’s Champions League titles. Oshoala’s stellar performances earned her a spot in the Top 20 FIFA The Best awards and the distinguished title of CAF’s Best Female Player for 2023.

Rena Wakama

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Coach Rena Wakama etched her name in history by becoming the first female coach to lead a team to victory in the FIBA AfroBasket Women’s competition since its inception in 1966. Under her guidance, the D’Tigress secured their fourth consecutive title, showcasing Wakama’s exceptional coaching prowess.

Tobi Amusan

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Oluwatobiloba Amusan, a track and field sensation, secured her third consecutive Diamond League trophy with a remarkable finishing time of 12.33 seconds. She outpaced competitors, including Puerto Rico’s Jasmine Camacho-Quin, who finished in 12.38 seconds.

Finidi George

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Super Eagles Legend, Finidi George, led Enyimba International of Aba to their 9th Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title, further solidifying his legacy in Nigerian football.
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Chiamaka Nnadozie

Chiamaka Nnadozie, the talented goalkeeper for both the Super Falcons and Paris FC, stood tall at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Her crucial saves and adept goalkeeping skills played a pivotal role in Nigeria’s journey. Nnadozie’s excellence earned her the esteemed CAF Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Amy Okonkwo

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Amy Okonkwo showcased her basketball prowess, contributing significantly to D’Tigress’s victory in securing their fourth consecutive FIBA Afrobasket title. Her outstanding performance earned her the MVP of the tournament, establishing her as a standout player.

Victor Boniface

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Victor Okoh-Boniface emerged as one of the most exciting Nigerian footballers in Europe in 2023. Since joining Bayer Leverkusen, the 22-year-old showcased his prowess by scoring 9 goals and providing 7 assists in just 15 games, leaving an undeniable mark on the field of play.

Michelle Alozie

Super Falcons star, Michelle Alozie, not only gained attention for her looks but also for her exceptional skill on the field of play. The Houston Dash defender stood out for the Super Falcons in 2023, particularly at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, making her a social media sensation in Nigeria.
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Onome Ebi

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Onome Ebi, the football legend, set a remarkable record by becoming the first African footballer, both male and female, to play in six FIFA World Cup tournaments at the age of 40. Her longevity and achievements have solidified her status as a trailblazer in African football. Featured Image Source:
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This article was first published on 19th December 2023 and updated on December 22nd, 2023 at 7:21 pm


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