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Victor Osimhen win 2020 Best African Player in French Ligue 1 Marc-Vivien Foe prize

Victor Osimhen win 2020 Best African Player in French Ligue 1 Marc-Vivien Foe prize

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French media outlets RFI and France 24 awards Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen winner of the 2020 Marc Vivien Foe prize for the best African player in the French Ligue 1 for 2019-2020 season.

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:

 

  1. Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria/Lille LOSC) – 284 points

  2. Islam SLIMANI (AlgΓ©rie/AS Monaco) – 95 points

  3. Yunis ABDELHAMID (Maroc/Stade de Reims) – 89 points

  4. Habib DIALLO (Senegal/FC Metz) – 52 points

  5. M’Baye NIANG (Senegal/Stade rennais) – 43 points

  6. Idrissa GUEYE (Senegal/Paris SG) – 37 points

-. Hamari TRAORΓ‰ (Mali/Stade Rennais) – 37 points

  1. Denis BOUANGA (Gabon/AS Saint-Etienne) – 27 points

  2. Edouard MENDY (Senegal/Stade rennais) – 24 points

  3. Andy DELORT (Algeria/Montpellier HSC) – 13 points

  4. Moses SIMON (Nigeria/FC Nantes) – 10 points

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