For his outstanding performances during Chelsea’s successful 2016-17 campaign, Nigeria international footballer Victor Moses was nominated alongside Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the 2017 BBC Africa footballer of the year award.
Victor, 26, played a major role in Antonio Conte’s first taste of actions in the Premier League and now looks forward to wearing Africa’s prestigious football crown.
The speedy winger was a regular feature among Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles during their successful FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers. He remarkably scored a brace against Algeria in the November 2016 match which ended 3-1 in favor of Nigeria.
‘I’m excited for the nomination,’ the father-of-two said at Cobham. ‘I enjoyed a wonderful year with Chelsea. Winning the league and reaching the FA Cup finals were memorable events in our history as a team.’
He continued, ‘I honestly deserved the nomination because I worked hard for it. I’m happy football fans recognized that. The future is full of wonderful prospects…I scored in a league match against Spurs but winning the EPL was a milestone.
‘Lifting the trophy was the happiest moment of my life and I’m most grateful to coach Antonio Conte for believing in me. The Italian gave me courage to explore previously unknown horizons. He gave me the confidence to play and enjoy football.
‘I’ve improved as a player who can play different roles on the pitch. Playing in a new position under Conte’s advice and encouragement helped me a lot…it changed my natural game. Now I play confidently in attack and defense,’ he added.
The former Crystal Palace, Liverpool, and West Ham player also expressed delight for regaining his health after suffering recurring injuries, and helping Nigeria qualify for the World Cup.
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‘I’m happy to be part of the Super Eagles who qualified Nigeria for the upcoming World Cup in Russia,’ Victor said. ‘The whole nations is proud of us and that’s what we always wanted.’