Victor Osimhen clinched Marc-Vivien-Foe award

Super Eagles and Lille attacker Victor Osimhen has been voted the Best African player in French Ligue 1 for the year 2020.

Osimhen 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

Osimhen beat his international team-mate Moses Simon and eight other African stars to the prestigious award.

Other African players who were nominated for the award include Algerian Islam Slimani (Monaco), Moroccan Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade de Reims) who finished second and third respectively.

Osimhen, 21, who was also voted Lille player of the season scored 18 goals and recorded six assists in 38 appearances in all competitions during his debut campaign in France.

The award is named after the late Cameroonian midfielder Marc-Vivien-Foe, with Arsenal and former Lille winger Nicolas Pepe winning the 2019 edition.

Six players from Lille have won the award in the past.

Ivory Coast forward Gervinho won it in 2010 and 2011, Vincent Enyeama picked up the prize in 2014, while Moroccan Sofiane Boufal was the winner in 2016.

Nicolas Pepe won the 2019 edition before his switch to England after an outstanding season, scoring 25 goals in all competitions for Lille last season.

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