Moroccan international, Sofiane Boufal, has won the 2015-2016 Marc-Vivien Foe Award for the best African player in the French Ligue 1.
The 22 year old who plays for Lille now has a solid chance at a spot in the UEFAEuropa League even though that seeks to be threatened by a recurring knee injury.
Boufal scored 11 times with five assists, helping Lille advance to secure sixth place.
Sofiane #Boufal remporte le #PrixMarcVivienFoé 2016 #WeAreLOSC https://t.co/DrI2MQ2U9P pic.twitter.com/HZEx84FGS2
— LOSC (@losclive) May 9, 2016
He succeeds last year’s winner Andre Ayew of Ghana (back then with Marseille) but now with Swansea City in England.
The award is run by RFI–FRANCE 24 , the Marc-Vivien Foe Award was named after the Cameroonian player who died during a match in Lyon’s Stade de Gerland on June 26, 2003.
He joins a prestigious list of African players who have graced the French Ligue 1, past winners include:
2015: Andre Ayew (Ghana/Marseille)
2014: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria/Lille)
2013: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon/Saint-Étienne)
2012: Younès Belhanda (Morocco/Montpellier)
2011: Gervinho (Ivory Coast/Lille)
2010: Gervinho (Ivory Coast/Lille)
2009: Marouane Chamakh (Morocco/Bordeaux)