Victor Osimhen named Ligue 1 top African Player


Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has been named the top African player in France Ligue 1 for 2019/2020 season.

Osimhen is the youngest-ever winner of the award at the age of 21, and came top of a poll of some 100 football experts across the media to succeed former Lille man Nicolas Pepe, the Ivory Coast international who joined Arsenal last summer.

The award’s organisers RFI radio and France 24 announced on Monday.

Osimhen’s 13 league goals in his maiden season in France helped Lille finish fourth in the table, and he also made a significant impact in the UEFA Champions League and broke through at senior international level.

The Prix Marc Vivien-Foe, named in honour of the late Cameroon player who died aged 28 in 2003.

Osimhen beat off opposition led by Monaco’s Islam Slimani of Algeria and Moroccan Yunis Abdelhamid who plays for Reims.

Like Pepe, the sought-after Osimhen is expected to be lured to a new club next season.

“I have planned for some time that Victor will no longer be here next season,” conceded Lille coach Christophe Galtier this month.

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

Lille finished fourth in the 2019/2020 campaign which in contrast to other major European leagues was ended in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.