The 21-year-old Lille striker emerged the winner from a list of 11 African footballers who were shortlisted for the award named after Cameroonian great and former Olympique Lyonnais midfielder, Marc Vivien Foe.
Marc Vivien Foe died at the Stade de France while playing for Cameroon, during the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final game against Colombia.
Victor Osimhen who gathered 284 points saw off competition from his fellow country man, Moses Simon (Nantes), Islam Slimani (Monaco), Denis Bouanga (Saint-Etienne), Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade de Reims), Idrissa Gueye (PSG), Habib Diallo (FC Metz) plus Stade Rennais’ trio of Mbaye Niang, Hamari Traore and Edouard Mendy.
Osimhen is the second consecutive Lille player and second Nigerian to win the Award after Ivory Coast’s Nicolas Pepe and Vincent Enyeama, who also won it at the club in 2014.
According to the jury, the votes produced the following results:
🏆⚽️🇳🇬 Lille’s (@losclive) Nigerian forward Victor OSIMHEN won the Marc-Vivien Foé @RFI @France24_fr Prize for best African player in the French Ligue 1, the French football championship for the 2019-2020 season. Congratulations @victorosimhen9 ! 👏 pic.twitter.com/gcgrctVFxI
— RFI – Relations Presse (@RFI_Presse) June 29, 2020
- Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria/Lille LOSC) – 284 points
Islam SLIMANI (Algérie/AS Monaco) – 95 points
Yunis ABDELHAMID (Maroc/Stade de Reims) – 89 points
Habib DIALLO (Senegal/FC Metz) – 52 points
M’Baye NIANG (Senegal/Stade rennais) – 43 points
Idrissa GUEYE (Senegal/Paris SG) – 37 points
-. Hamari TRAORÉ (Mali/Stade Rennais) – 37 points
Denis BOUANGA (Gabon/AS Saint-Etienne) – 27 points
Edouard MENDY (Senegal/Stade rennais) – 24 points
Andy DELORT (Algeria/Montpellier HSC) – 13 points
Moses SIMON (Nigeria/FC Nantes) – 10 points