The nominees of the 8th Marc-Vivien Foe prize for best African player in the French Ligue 1 has been released. The list includes the two top goal scorers at the Ligue 1, a suspended defender and one goal keeper among others.
The Marc-Vivien Foe accolade since it’s inception in 2009 has awarded the best African players in the French Ligue 1. The award originally created by the Radio France International (RFI) is now jointly sponsored by France24. The list is compiled by sports editors at RFI and France24. At the end of the Ligue 1 season, the list will be passed to a jury of 30 journalists who will determine the winner.
The jury picks their top three, awarding five points to their first choice and three points to the second and third. The player with the highest points is made the winner of the award.
Former Olympique De Marseille footballer who now plays for English side Swansea, Ghanaian André Ayew was the winner of the last edition.
FULL LIST OF NOMINEES
The event which is to hold in May has 11 nominees on the list, with five midfielders, two defenders are named, three forwards and one goalkeeper.
The midfielders include;
Floyd Ayité (Togo / SC Bastia)
Ryad Boudebouz (Algeria / Montpellier)
Sofiane Boufal (Morocco / Lille)
Rachid Ghezzal (Algeria / Olympique Lyonnais)
Cheikh Ndoye (Senegal / SCO Angers).
Although suspended by Paris Saint Germain for racist slurs made against his colleague, Côte d’Ivoire’s Serge Aurier as well as Senegal’s Moustapha Bayal Sall who plays for AS Saint-Etienne are the two defenders nominated for the accolade.
The Forwards nominated are;
Abdul Majeed Waris (Ghana / FC Lorient)
Benjamin Moukandjo ( Cameroon / FC Lorient)
Cheick Diabaté ( Mali / Bordeaux)
The only goal keeper on the list is Nigerian Vincent Enyeama who plays for Lille.