Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen’s impressive in Ligue 1 has been capped with another award as he clinched the best African Player Award in French League
Osimhen was Monday announced as the winner of the 2020 Marc-Vivien Foe prize award which is reserved for African players plying their trade in the French League.
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 to win the award.
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 last summer.
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.
Osimhen burst into the football scene at the 2015 U17 Fifa World Cup in Chile, where he bagged the topscorer’s award, Silver Ball as well as helped Emmanuel Amuneke’s Golden Eaglets to the world title.
The same year, he was named as Africa’s Youth Player of the Year by the Confederation of African Football.
After a failed stint at Wolfsburg, he joined Charleroi on loan where he scored 20 goals in 36 outings across all competitions for the Zebras.
The Ultimate Strikers Academy product also caught the attention of senior national team selectors and earned his Eagles’ debut against Togo in 2017.
He played a part in Gernot Rohr’s team accomplishing third-place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Although Osimhen is expected to remain at Lille until 2024, his French outfit has received several offers for the Nigerian with owner Gerard Lopez recently disclosing there are a number of suitors from three different leagues in Europe.