Lille forward Nicolas Pepe has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Marc-Vivien Foe prize.
Pepe amassed 379 points from the total votes to succeed Cameroon's Karl Toko Ekambi who won the accolade last year.
📷 Juste avant la rencontre, Jo' Bamba et Nicolas Pépé ont reçu respectivement leurs trophées de meilleur joueur @UNFP d'avril et le prix Marc-Vivien Foé du meilleur joueur africain de @Ligue1Conforama. pic.twitter.com/7msCYpwwy9— LOSC (@losclive) May 18, 2019
He is the third Ivorian player to win the award, in honour of former Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe who passed away during the 2003 Fifa Confederations Cup. The other Ivorian winners were Gervinho and Jean Michael Seri.
Pepe has helped Lille qualify for next season’s Uefa Champions League with 22 goals and 11 assists in 37 league outings.
His future at the club remains uncertain with coach Christophe Galtier and club president Gerard Lopez confirming his imminent departure.