African players abroad Lille : Victor Osimhen won 2020 Marc-vivien Foé prize

Victor Osimhen

Nigeria and Lille striker Victor Osimhen becomes the second Nigerian player to win Marc-Vivien Foé prize since Vincent Enyema in 2014, as announced by RFI Monday morning.

Unsurprisingly, Victor Osimhen is crowned for his incredible season at French Ligue 1 side Lille. Revealed a month ago, eleven most rated African players were running for this award. But the honour is for the 21-year-old.

Osimhen comes on top with 284 points, while the second on the table, Algerian striker of Monaco Islam Slimani, is just 95. Yunis Abdelhamid of Stade de Reims completed the top 3 with 89.

In addition, Osimhen with his 13 goals and 4 assists in 27 Ligue 1 games, becomes the youngest winner of the award, at just 21.

Besides, he is the sixth Lille player to win the Marc-Vivien Foé Prize after the successive coronations of Ivorian forward Gervinho in 2010 and 2011. That of his compatriot Vincent Enyema in 2014, Algerian striker Sofiane Boufal in 2016 and his predecessor Nicolas Pépé in 2019.


1. Victor Osimhen (Nigeria/Lille LOSC) – 284 points
2. Islam Slimani (Algérie/AS Monaco) – 95 points
3. Yunis Abdelhamid (Maroc/Stade de Reims) – 89 points
4. Habib Diallo (Sénégal/FC Metz) – 52 points
5. M’Baye Niang (Sénégal/Stade rennais) – 43 points
6. Idrissa Gueye (Sénégal/Paris SG) – 37 points
7. Hamari Traoré (Mali/Stade rennais) – 37 points
8. Denis Bouanga (Gabon/AS Saint-Etienne) – 27 points
9. Edouard Mendy (Sénégal/Stade rennais) – 24 points
10. Andy Delort (Algérie/Montpellier HSC) – 13 points
11. Moses Simon (Nigeria/FC Nantes) – 10 points

69 African football specialists ( journalists, former players, consultants, etc) vote for the 2020 Marc-Vivien Foé award. They were asked to choose three with 5 points for the first, 3 for the second, and 1 for the third.

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