BBC AWARDS: Azpilicueta has helped me become one of Africa’s best – Victor Moses

BBC AWARDS: Azpilicueta has helped me become one of Africa’s best – Victor Moses

Chelsea wing-back, Victor Moses has hailed his team-mate, (Azpilicueta’s) influence over his adaptation to a more defensive role after being nominated for individual honours.

It has been a transformative year for Victor Moses and Chelsea.


Antonio Conte’s decision to convert the Nigerian into a wing-back early in the 2016-17 campaign was instrumental in both driving the Blues to a Premier League title and also reviving Moses’ Stamford Bridge career.

The Chelsea wing-back has hailed his team-mate’s influence over his adaptation to a more defensive role after being nominated for individual honours

It has been a transformative year for Victor Moses and Chelsea.

Antonio Conte’s decision to convert the Nigerian into a wing-back early in the 2016-17 campaign was instrumental in both driving the Blues to a Premier League title and also reviving Moses’ Stamford Bridge career.

The 26-year-old is currently out with a hamstring strain but that will not stop him remembering 2017 fondly. As well as securing his first English championship, he played a starring role as Nigeria became the first African nation to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Having already been nominated for the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Player of the Year award, Moses has now been named one of the top-five players from his continent as voting for the BBC’s African Player of the Year prize opens.

It is an honour that has previously been bestowed upon former Chelsea greats Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel.

“Yes, it is amazing,” Moses told Goal in an exclusive interview. “I am pleased with the position I am in today. My manager and team-mates helped me and encouraged me.

“It shows how hard I worked last year but it isn’t about being nominated but winning [the award]. Whatever the outcome is, I know that I have had a great year at the club and with the national team as well.

“I was part of the first African team to qualify for the World Cup as well which was good for us. I am pleased to follow in [the former Chelsea players’] footsteps; now I want to take my football to the next level.

“Every season I want to be the best I can to be Africa’s best player. I will do the best I can.

culled – Goal

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