Super Eagles and Napoli of Italy striker Victor Osimhen has celebrated the conferment of National honour on him by the Nigerian Government.
The 24-year-old soccer star was recognized and honoured with the Member of the Order of the Niger (MFR) award by the Federal Government of Nigeria over the weekend for his scintillating performances which helped Napoli to the Italian Serie A title with every mention of his name a thing of pride and glory for Nigeria.
In his response to the honour conferred on him and expressed delight at the recognition which he revealed means a lot to him.
“Today [Saturday], 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 Twitter.
“Today (against Bologna) also marked my 100th game for Napoli and I was fortunate to score 2 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 symbolizes the appreciation and support of the great Nigerian people for the dedication and hard work they have always put into their individual careers to make Nigeria Proud.
“My deepest gratitude goes to the Federal Republic of Nigeria for recognizing me at such a national level, and I am so humbled and grateful.
“I am proud to be a Nigerian and to represent her.
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 honored 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 lives with the sport I love. Thank you, everyone. God is the greatest,” he concluded.