April 4, 2019
Youcef Atal, finalist for the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé 2019
Youcef Atal is in the running for the award for the Best African player in the French league. The Algerian appears amongst the 11 finalists for the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé RFI / France 24.
The Niçois is in competition with Reims’ Yunis Abdelhamid (Morocco), Nîmes’ Denis Bouanga (Gabon), Toulouse’s Max-Alain Gradel (Ivory Coast), Lille’s Nicolas Pépé (Ivory Coast), Bordeaux’s François Kamano (Guinea), Strasbourg’s Lebo Mothiba (South Africa), Rennes’ Ismaïla Sarr (Senegal), Lyon’s Bertrand Traoré (Burkina Faso), St-Etienne’s Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia). Former OGC Nice scholar, Angers’ Stéphane Bahoken (Cameroon) completes the line-up.
Prix Marc-Vivien Foé: How it works
The Prix Marc-Vivien Foé is only available to players in Ligue 1 who represent an African national side. One hundred people - journalists, pundits, former players etc. - were invited to vote for the 2019 award. Each member of the judging panel has to choose three players in April. The first choice receives five points, the second, three points, and the third, one point. The finalist with the most points will appear below Karl Toko Ekambi’s name on the trophy. The winner will be presented with the award on Monday 13 May 2019.
The winners of the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé
2009*: Marouane Chamakh (Bordeaux/Morocco)
2010*: Gervinho (Lille/ Ivory Coast)
2011: Gervinho (Lille/ Ivory Coast)
2012: Younès Belhanda (Montpellier/ Morocco)
2013: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Saint-Etienne/Gabon)
2014: Vincent Enyeama (Lille/Nigeria)
2015: André Ayew (Marseille/Ghana)
2016: Sofiane Boufal (Lille/Morocco)
2017: Jean Mickaël Seri (Nice/Ivory Coast d’Ivoire)
2018: Karl Toko Ekambi (Angers SCO/Cameroon)
* The trophy hadn’t yet been named the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé.