Lille star Victor Osimhen announced as the winner of the 2020 Marc-Vivien Foe prize.
The Super Eagles star ended up with 18 goals and 6 assists in 38 appearances throughout all competitions.
Though Osimhen anticipated to stay at Lille till 2024.
The Nigerian forward, Victor Osimhen capped an impressive debut with the Mastiffs by winning the annual award in France recognising the best African player in Ligue 1.
The Nigeria international saw off competition from compatriot Moses Simon (Nantes), Saint-Etienne’s Denis Bouanga, Montpellier’s Andy Delort, Monaco’s Islam Slimani plus Rennes’ trio of Mbaye Niang, Hamari Traore and Edouard Mendy.
Due to his awe-inspiring form in his maiden season in France. The youngster had the votes of the jury made up of African sports journalists.
Osimhen joined the Mastiffs from Belgian First Division A club Sporting Charleroi. As a direct substitute for Cote d’Ivoire star Nicolas Pepe who joined Premier League outfit Arsenal.
He grew to become an instantaneous hit at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, delivering admirable performances that endeared him to the club’s fans.
With French soccer cancelled within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Super Eagles star ended up with 18 goals and 6 assists in 38 appearances throughout all competitions – a feat that earned him Lille’s player of the season accolade ahead of Benjamin Andre and Renato Sanchez.
Due to this achievement, he succeeds last year’s winner Pepe. In addition to becoming the second Nigerian after Vincent Enyeama (2014) to claim the individual prize since inception in 2009.
Osimhen burst into the soccer scene at the 2015 U17 Fifa World Cup in Chile. Where he bagged the top-scorer’s award, Silver Ball as well as helped Emmanuel Amuneke’s Golden Eaglets to the world title.
Though Osimhen anticipated to stay at Lille till 2024, his French outfit has received several offers for the Nigerian with owner Gerard Lopez not too long ago disclosing there are a variety of suitors from three completely different leagues in Europe.