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Osimhen and Gueye head Ligue 1's top African shortlist

Publish on 30/05/2020 at 12h01 - I. HOLYMAN

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Lille and Nigeria international striker Victor Osimhen and Paris Saint-Germain's Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye are among the 11 men in the running to succeed Arsenal's Ivory Coast and ex-Lille star Nicolas Pepe for the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé for Ligue 1's top African.

Osimhen scored 13 goals in 22 top-flight games for Lille in his maiden season in France and also performed impressively in his team's UEFA Champions League games. 

 

If Osimhen wins the prize, he will be the first Super Eagle to do so since ex-Lille goalkeeper Victor Enyeama in 2014.

 

WATCH: Osimhen's dramatic entrance into Ligue 1 against Nantes


 

Gueye enjoyed his first season back in France since joining PSG from Everton last summer, and played a central role in his club's Ligue 1 title win. The former Lille midfielder also starred in PSG's runs to the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue finals and the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

 

 

Gueye is joined by three other Senegal internationals on the list of nominees: Rennes striker Mbaye Niang and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who helped their side finish third last season, and Metz forward Habib Diallo, who netted 12 goals in 26 L1 games to keep his side in the top flight.

 

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Algeria forward Islam Slimani, on loan at Monaco from Leicester City, netted nine times and registered eight assists in only 18 L1 appearances, and is also on the shortlist.

 

Another Algeria forward, Andy Delort of Montpellier, Reims' Moroccan defender Yunis Abdelhamid, Gabon striker Denis Bouanga of Saint-Étienne, Osimhen's Nigeria teammate Victor Moses of Nantes, and Mali and Rennes full-back Hamari Traoré complete the shortlist.

 

The verdict of a jury made up of 100 journalists specialised in French and African football will be made public on 29 June.

 

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