RFI and France 24 unveiled the 11 finalists for the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé, an award given to the best African player in French Ligue 1, for the 2020-21 season earlier this week.
Nigeria international Victor Osimhen, who now plays for Napoli, won the award last season ahead of Algeria’s Islam Slimani.
Since the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé was introduced in 2009, Lille have accounted for six of the winners while the last two winners of the award, in Osimhen and Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe, played for Les Dogues.
Gervinho won back-to-back awards while donning the colours of Lille in 2010 and 2011. While Vincent Enyeama (2014) and Sofiane Boufal (2016) also represented LOSC during the season they were crowned Africa’s best in Ligue 1.
It should come as no surprise then that Lille, who currently occupy top spot in Ligue 1, have at least one nominee for the 2020-21 season with Mozambique international Reinildo Mandava amongst the 11 finalists.
Olympique Lyon’s Karl Toko-Ekambi is hoping to win his second award. As he claimed the accolade in 2018 while playing for Angers.
The jury made up of African sports journalists will decide by vote winners of this year’s edition.
Full list of nominees:
Reinildo Mandava (Mozambique & Lille), Karl Toko-Ekambi (Cameroon & Olympique Lyon), Alexandre Oukidja (Algeria & Metz), Nayef Aguerd (Morocco & Rennes), Farid Boulaya (Algeria & Metz), Andy Delort (Algeria & Montpellier), Idrissa Gueye (Senegal & Paris Saint-Germain), Tino Kadewere (Zimbabwe & Olympique Lyon), Gaël Kakuta (DR Congo & RC Lens), Boulaye Dia (Senegal & Reims), Seko Fofana (Cote d’Ivoire & Lens).
Full list of award winners by year:
2009 – Marouane Chamakh
2010 – Gervinho
2011 – Gervinho
2012 – Younes Belhanda
2013 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
2014 – Vincent Enyeama
2015 – André Ayew
2016 – Sofiane Boufal
2017 – Jean Michael Seri
2018 – Karl Toko-Ekambi
2019 – Nicolas Pepe
2020 – Victor Osimhen