Moffi, Simon listed for Marc-Vivien Foe award

Super Eagles duo Terem Moffi and Moses Simon will hope to become the third Nigerian to win the Marc-Vivien Foe award for the best African player in the French Ligue 1 after both of them were nominated for the 2023/24 honours which will be presented on May 13, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Organised by Radio France International and France 24, the award is named after Cameroonian legend and former Lens and Lyon midfielder, Marc-Vivien Foe, who died during the 2003 FIFA Confederation Cup match between Cameroon and Colombia in Lyon on June 26, 2003.

Victor Osimhen (2019/20) and former Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama (2013/14) are the only Nigerians to have won the award that was first handed out in 2009.

Moffi’s nomination comes following his landmark 50 goals in Ligue 1 after scoring in Nice’s 2-1 loss at home against Nantes on Sunday. He is leading the club’s charge for European football next season with his imperious contributions in front of goal, having scored 10 in 23 appearances and seventh in the league.

Although Simon’s season has been cut short by an injury he picked up in the last international break, he has been a crucial player for Nantes with three goals and six assists in 22 Ligue 1 games.

The other nine nominees contending for this season’s award include 2013 winner and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Marseille), Algerian duo Nabil Bentaleb (Lille) and Amine Gouiri (Stade Rennes), Morocco’s PSG star Achraf Hakimi and Senegal’s Lamine Camara (Metz).

Others are last season’s winner and DR Congo’s Chancel Mbemba (Marseille), Ivory Coast’s Oumar Diakite (Reims), Moffi’s Nice teammate Burundian Youssouf Ndayishimiye and Wilfried Singo of Monaco makes Ivory Coast’s nominations two.

Mbemba won the 2022/23 award, which has been mostly won by Ivorian players who clinched it on five occasions.

In 2014, Enyeama, during his time at Lille, became the first Nigerian to win the award when he beat Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier, who then played for Toulouse and Lyon’s Cameroonian defender Henri Bedimo. The keeper went 1,062 minutes without conceding a goal in Ligue 1 then.

Osimhen at 21 years and six months old in 2020 also became the second Nigerian and the youngest player to win the award. The striker scored 13 goals and bagged four assists in 27 Ligue 1 matches ahead of Algerian’s Islam Slimani and Morocco’s Yunis Abdelhamid.

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