Lille striker Victor Osimhen has emerged winner of the Marc-Vivien Foé RFI-France 24 Prize for best African player in the French Ligue 1, the French football championship for the 2019-2020 season.
The organisers of the award said the 21-year-old was chosen by a jury of sport journalists specializing in French and African Football.
“He was included in a list of 11 players drafted by RFI’s and France 24’s sports services. They had at heart to highlights this year’s season, which had been full of astonishing performances by African players, before being stopped on March 13 because of the coronavirus crisis.
“This edition of the Marc-Vivien Foé Prize celebrates football, while supporters are temporarily unable to watch or attend games, and the achievements of African players in Ligue 1, some of whom could change championship at the end of the season,” a statement announcing his emergence read.
The runners up include Algerian forward Islam Slimani (Monaco) and Moroccan defender Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade Rennais).
“Since 2011, the best African player in Ligue 1 trophy is named after Marc-Vivien Foé, to honour the Cameroonian player who tragically passed during a game at the Gerland stadium in Lyon on June 26, 2003.
“The award which is named after the late Cameroonian midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe is organised by Radio France International and France 24,” the statement added.
Osimhen beat Super Eagles teammate, Moses Simon, and eight other African stars to the prestigious award.
Super Eagles striker Osimhen is the second Nigerian to win the award after Vincent Enyeama picked up the prize in 2014.