Lille forward Victor Osimhen has been congratulated by a host of Nigerians around the world including Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and Super Eagles teammate Moses Simon after scooping the prestigious Marc-Vivien Foe Award – an award given to the best African player in Ligue 1.
Osimhen beat Senegal’s Islam Slimani of Monaco (95 points) and Morocco’s Yunis Abdelhamid of Stade de Reims (89 points) with a landslide 284 points to win the award.
The 21-year-old joined the French Ligue 1 in July 2019 and has gone on to score 18 goals in all competitions to become Lille’s highest goal scorer in the 2019/2020 season which was terminated in May following a protracted suspension caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
He becomes the second Nigerian to be voted the best African player in France’s topflight football league after Vincent Enyeama, former Lille goaltender.
The Edo-born Super Eagles forward was congratulated by Governor Obaseki for flying the flag of the state.
“Hearty congratulations to Edo son and @NGSuperEagles striker, @victorosimhen on his “Prix Marc-Vivien Foé” win, awarded to the Best African Player in @Ligue1_ENG
“He is doing Edo proud at @LOSC_EN and we celebrate him for being an enviable ambassador of our dear state,” he microblogged on Twitter.
Nantes striker Simon, a fellow nominee for the award was only able to gather ten points from the voting but congratulated his fellow Nigerian for clinching it.
“Congrats my bro Victor Osimhen. Glad you have it more success,” Simon posted on Twitter.
Simon was equally instrumental for his club Nantes by providing eight assists and scoring nine goals in 30 games.
He was voted Nantes’ best player of the season and included in the club’s team of the decade.