By Beng Emmanuel
Sports Writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
Congolese international striker, Dieumerci Mbokani has won the Ebony Shoe Award for the second time after a stunning season with Royal Antwerp in the Belgian Pro League. The trophy rewards the best African players in the Belgian top-flight championship.
The former TP Mazembe turbo striker beat Club Brugge player of the year, Clinton Mata, Simon Deli, Vadis Odjidja, and Krepin Diatta to grab his second Ebony Shoe Award after a similar exploit in 2012 with Anderlecht.
“It is a pleasure to win this trophy. I am proud of it. I think I deserve it because I had a great season” Mbokani told Proximus Sports.
“I cannot say whether or not, I will still wear the colors of Antwerp. I still wish a two-year contract, and I’m only offered a one-year deal. All these departures from Antwerp (Sinan Bolat, Laszlo Bölöni …), it’s sad and bothers me a little. Anderlecht, Standard, Bruges, I am open to anything and everything. ” The Congolese star mentioned about his future with his current club.
Mbokani succedes Tanzanian and Genk forward Mbwana Samatta who won the distinction in 2019.
The 34-year-old hugely prolific frontman scored twenty-four (24) goals and dished out nine (9) assist in 34 appearances for his Belgian club. He also emerged as the top scorer of the 2019/2020 Pro League with 18 goals.
Dieumerci Mbokani joint Royal Antwerp FC in August 2018 from Dynamo Kyiv. He guided the club to a fourth-place finish and UEFA Europa League qualification next season.
Mbokani for Royal Antwerp this season:
☑️ 36 Appearances
⚽️ 24 Goals
🅰️ 9 Assists
Averaging a goal or assist every 97 minutes.
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