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Osimhen collects Ligue 1’s Best African Player award

Lille’s Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen won the award ahead of Monaco’s Algerian striker Islam Slimani and Reims’ Moroccan Yunis Abdelhamid.

Osimhen, at age 21, became the youngest player to receive the award.

The prize is named in honour of Marc-Vivien Foe, who died after collapsing on the pitch in 2003.

Osimhen, who came to Lille from Charleroi, is currently one of the most sought after players in France, attaining 13 goals scored, and four assists across 27 Ligue 1 matches.

He was voted to receive the trophy chosen by a panel of 100 journalists, according to the award organizers French radio station RFI and television station France 24.

They say they decided to keep this year’s award despite having the season ending early this Apri before its completion, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nantes’ Moses Simon took the time to congratulate the Lille’s forward on social media, as being one of the top candidates in getting the Marc-Vivien Foe award, along with Saint-Etienne’s Denis Bouanga, Montpellier’s Andy Delort, Monaco’s Islam Slimani, and Rennes’ trio of Mbaye Niang, Hamari Traore and Edouard Mendy.

Osimhen joined the Mastiffs from Belgian First Division; A club Sporting Charleroi as a direct replacement for Cote d’Ivoire star player 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.

The season’s Best African Player on Ligue 1 is expected to remain at Lille until 2024, yet the forward
has received several offers with owner Gerard Lopez recently disclosing there are a number of suitors across three different leagues in Europe.

Osimhen has not resumed training with Lille as he is in Nigeria following the death of his father.

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