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The Gabon international was named on Monday as the successor of Morocco’s Younes Belhanda who claimed the award last year

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne was announced winner of the 2013 edition of the Marc-Vivien Foe Prize on Wednesday in France.

The 23-year-old Gabon international striker scored 209 points to beat Cameroonian defender Nicolas Nkoulou, who raked 81 points and Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa, 35.

Eleven candidates were shortlisted for the award, with 68 sport journalists participating in the final vote.

Aubameyang has scored 19 goals in 34 matches to sit behind the Ligue 1’s current top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovich, who has netted 27.

The Marc-Vivien Foe Prize was initiated in 2009 to honour the best African footballer in the French Ligue 1 during a season, to pay homage to the late Cameroon international who collapsed and died in 2003 during the Fifa Confederations Cup semi-final between the Indomitable Lions and Colombia in Lyon, France.