Stephane Bahoken in action

26 year old Cameroonian striker Stephane Bahoken has been nominated for the 2019 Mrc-Vivien Foe award. This recognition is as a result of his outstanding performance in his debut campaign in the colours of SCO Angers.

Bahoken replaced Karl Toko Ekambi in the French club last summer after Ekambi picked up the award before leaving for Villareal but his performance in his first campaign has simply been exceptional. The former Strasbourg man has netted 9 times and provided 1 assists in 26 league matches for Angers this season earning him a place amongst the best XI African National team players in the league this season and the only Cameroonian.

The award which started in 2009 is organized French media outlets RFI and France 24 in honour of Cameroonian born former Lions Midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe who died in 2003 in France while serving his country in a FIFA Confederations Cup Game.

Last year Zambo Anguissa and Karl Toko made the list of 10 players  shortlisted for the award and Toko won it to become the first Cameroonian to do so.

Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe is book-markers favourite. He has scored 18 League goals in 30 games this season with 9 assist in that run.

The full List of Nominees includes;;

Yunis Abdelhamid, Youcef Atal, Stéphane Bahoken, Denis Bouanga, Max-Alain Gradel, François Kamano, Wahbi Khazri, Lebo Mothiba, Nicolas Pépé, Ismaïla Sarr et Bertrand Traoré. The winner and successor of Karl Toko-Ekambi will be announced on the 13th of May 2019 by RFI and France 24.

It will take something dramatic to prevent Nicolas Pepe from winning this edition to become the second Ivorian to win the award after Jean Michel Seri won it in 2017.

Angu Lesley

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