Four Moroccan internationals are among the 12 finalists for the prestigious Prix Marc-Vivien Foé RFI-France 24 trophy for the 2021/2022 season rewarding the best African player in Ligue 1.
Twelve contenders for the succession of the Congolese Gaël Kakuta, winner of the RFI-France 24 Marc-Vivien Foé 2021 prize, have just been unveiled. Among them, the Moroccans Sofiane Boufal (SCO Angers), Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint-Germain), Nayef Aguerd (Stade Rennais) and Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade de Reims). Morocco is also the country most represented in the nominees.
The four Atlas Lions find themselves facing Gueye Idrissa Gana (Paris Saint-Germain / Senegal), Hazri Wahbi (Saint-Etienne/Tunisia), Lemina Mario (OGC Nice/Gabon), Simon Moses (FC Nantes/Nigeria), Toko-Ekombi Karl (Olympique Lyonnais/Cameroon), Traoré Hamari (Stade Rennes/Mali), Bayo Mohamed (Clermont Foot / Guinea) and Fofana Seko (RC Lens / Ivory Coast).
This year the prize could well go to one of the Moroccans, authors of high-level services with their respective clubs. Indeed, Achraf Hakimi is an essential element of the PSG. Scorer, decisive passer, the former Madrid player does not neglect his tasks in defense and considered one of the best if not the best side in the world, and it is Kylian Mbappé who says it.
For her part, Sofiane Boufal has become a new man since finding her way back to her training club, SCO Angers. Scorer and passer, the Moroccan shakes the nets with each of his appearances. He is a serious candidate to win his second Marc-Vivien Foé Prize after that of 2016.
Considered one of the best defenders in Ligue 1, Nayef Aguerd has become a rock for his club, Stade Rennais. The Lion of the Atlas is unstoppable in central defense, where his stature imposes (1.88m, 76 kilos). With him, Stade Rennes has one of the best defenses in the championship.
Finally, and not least, the Stade de Reims manager, Yunis Abdelhamid, the oldest in his club and the most experienced of the Moroccan players nominated, is a regularity machine. He plays all the matches, with the captain’s armband and is a safe bet for his coach.
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The name of the winner of this trophy, which since 2011 bears the name of Marc-Vivien Foé in tribute to the Cameroonian player who died on June 26, 2003 on the lawn of the Gerland stadium in Lyon, will be revealed on May 16. The jury is made up of nearly 100 journalists specializing in French and African football from all the media (radio, television, written press).
“Are eligible for the Marc-Vivien Foé Prize are players who have worn the colors of an African national team and who have not changed sporting nationality since, and who have played at least 15 matches in Ligue 1 this season”recalls RFI.
As a reminder, three Moroccans have already received the prize: Sofiane Boufal in 2016, Younès Belhanda in 2012 and Marouane Chamakh in 2009.