Nigerian international Victor Osimhen has won the Best African Player of the year in the French Ligue 1, soccaarena.com.ng reports.
Osimhen burst into the football scene at the 2015 U17 Fifa World Cup in Chile, where he won the top scorer’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.
The 2019-2020 season has seen the young energetic forward impressing a lot this season, which has drawn the attention of top clubs in Europe for his services.
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.
The Super Eagles striker was also voted Lille player of the season scored 18 goals and recorded six assists in 38 appearances across all competitions during the campaign, before it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 21-year old picked the award, beating fellow compatriot Moses Simon of Nantes, and eight other African stars.
Previous holder was Arsenal club record signing Nicolas Pepe, who won the 2019 edition before his move to the North London club.
The award which was named after the late Marc-Vivien Foe of Cameroon, which is organised by Radio France International and France 24.
Osimhen becomes the second Nigerian to win the award, after former Super Eagles and Lille goalkeeper won it back in 2014.
Coming in second and third respectively are Algerian international Islam Slimani of Morocco, and Yunis Abdelhamid of Stade de Reims in third position.
The award has seen six ex-players from Lille winning the prestigious 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.