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Osimhen ‘blessed and grateful’ for MFR award, thanks FG, Nigerians

VICTOR Osimhen has shared his feelings about the bestowment of the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic on him by the Nigerian government.

The federal government honoured scores of Nigerians with various national awards yesterday in what was the last notable act of outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari as Commander-in-Chief.

Super Eagles and Napoli striker Osimhen, 24, is one of the youngest recipients of the award after inspiring his club to their first Serie A title in 33 years, scoring a league-high 25 goals.

“Today, I feel so blessed and grateful as I announce that I have been awarded the prestigious Member of the order of the Federal Republic (MFR) award by the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Osimhen wrote on social media last night.

“Today also marked my 100th game for Napoli and I was fortunate to score two goals for my club, it is an amazing moment and feeling for me to be able to achieve this feat for this great club.

“This MFR recognition also means a lot to me, as it symbolises the appreciation and support of the great Nigerian people for the dedication and hard work they have always put into their individual career to make Nigeria proud.”

Osimhen expressed his appreciation to the government and Nigerians for supporting him and acknowledging his achievements.

“My deepest gratitude goes to the Federal Republic of Nigeria for recognising me at such a national level, and I am so humbled and grateful. I am proud to be a Nigerian and represent her,” he added.

“I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for their continuous efforts in promoting and developing sports in our country. Their support has contributed to the growth of myself and every other athletes in the country.

“To my amazing family, who have been my rock and source of inspiration throughout my journey, I am forever indebted to your love and support. I love you all and this award is as much yours as it is mine.

“And to my fans and supporters, both in Nigeria and around the world, you all are super amazing and I am so grateful for all you do for me. Your constant support, well wishes and cheers have uplifted me in moments of triumph and provided solace during challenging times.

“I am immensely honoured to achieve this feat for Napoli and I’m also honored to receive this MFR award, and I consider it a responsibility to continue striving for excellence, more records and making meaningful contributions to people’s live with the sport I love. Thank you everyone. GOD IS THE GREATEST.”

Osimhen joins other athletes who have also received national awards, including women’s 100m hurdles world champion and world record holder Tobi Amusan, women’s long jump world and Olympics medallist Ese Brume, and powerlifting Paralympics gold medallist Folashade Oluwafemiayo, who were all honoured with Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) last September.

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