Osimhen Wins Best African Player Award After Stellar Season

Oluwole Ola

Victor Osimhen has picked up the award for the best African Player in Ligue 1 for the 2019/2020 season.

The award which is named after the late Cameroonian midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe is organised by Radio France International and France 24. Osimhen beat his international team-mate Moses Simon and eight other African stars to the prestigious award.


The 21-year-old is the second Nigerian to win the award after Vincent Enyeama picked up the prize in 2014.

Algerian Islam Slimani (Monaco) and Morrocan Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade de Reims) came second and third respectively.

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

Six players from the club have won the award in the past. Ivory Coast forward Gervinho won it in 2010 and 2011, Enyeama was the winner in 2014, while Sofiane Boufal won the award in 2016. Nicolas Pepe won the 2019 edition before his switch to England after his fine contributions for Lille last season.

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