Lille star Victor Osimhen has been announced as the winner of the 2020 Marc-Vivien Foe prize.
The Nigeria international saw off competition from compatriot Moses Simon (Nantes), Saint-Etienne’s Denis Bouanga, Montpellier’s Andy Delort, Monaco’s Islam Slimani plus Rennes’ trio of Mbaye Niang, Hamari Traore and Edouard Mendy.
Thanks to his awe-inspiring form in his maiden season in France, the youngster had the votes of the jury made up of African sports journalists.
Osimhen joined the Mastiffs from Belgian First Division A club Sporting Charleroi as a direct replacement for Cote d’Ivoire star Nicolas Pepe who joined Premier League outfit Arsenal.
He became an instant hit at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, delivering admirable performances that endeared him to the club’s fans.
With French football cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Super Eagles star ended up with 18 goals and six assists in 38 appearances across all competitions – a feat that earned him Lille’s player of the season accolade ahead of Benjamin Andre and Renato Sanchez.
Thanks to this achievement, he succeeds last year’s winner Pepe as well as becoming the second Nigerian after Vincent Enyeama (2014) to claim the individual prize since inception in 2009.