A shortlist of 10 players in the running to receive this year’s Marc-Vivien Foe Prize was unveiled on Tuesday in France by state radio RFI and satellite television France 24 – sponsors of the award.
Ghana international Andre Ayew of Marseille, Tunisia’s Aymen Abdennour of Toulouse and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Saint-Etienne are the top favourites on the list to succeed Ivorian-born Gervinho, who won the prize last year.
Cameroon internationals Henri Bedimo of Montpellier, Aurelien Chedjou of Lille and Marseille’s Nicolas Nkoulou also made the list.
Others are Morocco’s Younes Belhanda and Tunisia’s Jamel Saihi, who both play for Montpellier; Gabon’s Bruno Ecuele Manga of Lorient and Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa of Rennes.
The Marc-Vivien Foe Prize is awarded to the best African player of the French Ligue 1 in tribute to the former Cameroon international who died in 2003 during a Fifa Confederations Cup match with the Indomitable Lions at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon, France.