Your African Player of the year – Super Eagles defender Omeruo tells CAF after Lookman’s UEL masterclass

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeruu tags CAF as he praises Ademola Lookman's stunning performance in the Europa League final.

Super Eagles defender Kenneth Omeru Ademola Lookman has been nominated for the African Player of the Year award after the Nigerian striker's historic hat-trick led Atalanta to Europa League glory against Bundesliga invincibles Bayer Leverkusen.

Lookman emerged like a hero in Dublin, as his hat-trick sealed a 3-0 win and inflicted a first defeat of the season on the previously unbeaten German champions on Wednesday night.

Ademola Lookman and Atalanta became the first team to defeat Bayer Leverkusen in the 2023/24 season after a historic night in the Champions League final.

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Omeruo clears Lookman CAF POTY

The 26-year-old's man-of-the-match display left his Super Eagles team-mate Omeru purring, with the defender taking to Twitter to nominate Lookman as the continent's standout player.

Omeruo posted: “@CAF_Online African Player of the Year… @Alookman_ Best Player,” referring to the official account of the Confederation of African Football.

Historical man Ademola Lookman with the Man of the Match award against Bayer Leverkusen.

Historical man Ademola Lookman with the Man of the Match award against Bayer Leverkusen.

Lookman's talented form capped a dream first season in Italy, where his 17 goals in all competitions played a pivotal role in Atalanta's surprise Europa League win.

His heroic hat-trick also shattered Bayer Leverkusen's dreams of maintaining an unprecedented unbeaten run, as Nigerian duo Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella had a night to forget.

Super Eagles penalty taker, Kenneth Omeruo on duty

Super Eagles penalty taker, Kenneth Omeruo on duty. (Image source: Omero/X)

Although they are deeply saddened by the loss of the title, the Leverkusen duo can take solace from their tremendous contributions in writing their names in Bundesliga folklore.

But this was Lookman's night as he added his name to the list of champions of Nigerian football with an outstanding performance for the ages on the biggest stage.

If Omeruo's resounding endorsement is anything to go by, the former Everton and RB Leipzig player could soon have prestigious individual honors to add to his Europa League winner's medal.

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