Nigerian forward, Victor Osimhen has won the 2020 edition of the Marc-Vivien Foe Award as the Best African Player in the French Ligue 1. The Lille player who scored 13 goals & made 5 assists in 27 appearances for Lille and 18 goals in all competitions is the youngest-ever recipient of the Prix Marc Vivien-Foé, named in honour of the late Cameroon player who died aged 28 in 2003.
The 21-year-old emerged the winner from a list of 11 African footballers who were shortlisted for the award. Algeria’s Islam Slimani (Monaco) finished 2nd in voting for the Marc Vivien Foe prize for the Best African player of the 2019-20 French Ligue 1 season, Slimani (9 goals, 8 assists in 18 appearances) finished second.
“It’s something I’ll treasure forever, I’m really proud to have this award with [Marc Vivien Foé’s] name on it.” He said in a telephone interview.
He was voted top African player in Ligue 1, the French top flight, by a panel of 100 journalists. Past winners include Aubameyang, Dede Ayew, Chamakh & Gervinho are all past winners. He becomes the second Nigerian after Vincent Enyeama to win it.