DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports Writer Kick442.Com Cameroon
Cameroon international, Karl Toko Ekambi has been shortlisted for the 2021 edition of the Marc Vivien Foe Award.
The Olympique Lyonnais forward is the only Cameroonian featuring in the 11 man list announced on Tuesday April 6, 2021.
The 28-year-old has found the back of the net in 12 occasions this season, assisting 5 goals. He seats 8th on the top scorer’s chart of the French Ligue 1, 8 goals behind chart topper, Kylian Mbappe and 2 short of Lyonnais’ lead league scorer, Memphis Depay.
The former Angers and Villareal CF man has had a successful season with the French – having succeeded in forming a fierce trio with last season’s Ligue Deux top scorer, Zimbabwe’s Tinotenda Kadewere and Dutch man and team captain, Memphis Depay.
Their collaboration has seen them lead the 2020 UEFA Champions League semifinalists to currently occupying the 4th spot in the French top tier championship with a joint total of 34 goals- putting Ekambi at advantaged position for recognition.
The 2018 winner will be looking forward to equaling a record presently held by Ivorian forward, Gervinho who stands as the highest winner of the MVF Award. Gervinho grabbed the honor consecutively in 2010 and 2011 after helping Lille win the Ligue 1 for the first time in 56 years and finished as champions of the French Cup.
Ekambi’s greatest challenge to achieve the feat, according to French football book makers, will include beating the likes of Gael Kakuta of the Democratic Republic of Congo whose 9 goals and three assists in 26 league matches has contributed to Lens’ remarkable run in the championship where they occupy the 5th position..
The winner of the Marc Vivien Foe Award for the year 2021 will be announced on April 29 after a voting process involving a jury of specialized journalists. The winner will replace Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen who bagged the honor in 2020 while playing for Ligue 1 side, Lille.
The Marc Vivien Foe Award was instituted in 2009 to honor late Cameroonian international, Marc Vivien Foe who died in 2003. It is awarded by French news organs Radio France International, RFI and France 24 to distinguished African players playing professional football in France.
Players must participate in at least 15 league matches before being eligible for the honor.
Full list of nominees
Nayed Aguerd (Rennes/Maroc)
Farid Boulaya (Metz/Algérie)
Andy Delort (Montpellier/Algérie)
Boulaye Dia (Reims/Sénégal)
Seko Fofana (Lens/Côte d’Ivoire)
Idrissa Gueye (PSG/Sénégal)
Tino Kadewere (Lyon/Zimbabwe)
Gaël Kakuta (Lens/ DR Congo)
Alexandre Oukidja (Metz/Algeria)
Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon/Cameroon)
2020 : Victor Osimhen (Nigeria)
2019 : Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast)
2018 : Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon)
2017 : Jean Michael Seri (Ivory Coast)
2016 : Soufiane Boufal (Morocco)
2015 : Andre Ayew (Ghana)
2014 : Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria)
2013 : Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
2012 : Younes Belhanda (Morocco)
2011 : Gervinho (Ivory Coast)
2010 : Gervinho (Ivory Coast)
2009 : Marouane Chamakh (Morocco)
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