By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The 11 contenders for the Marc Vivien Foe RFI/France 24 Prize for the 2020/2021 season have been released with Cameroonian international and Lyon forward Karl Toko Ekambi among the contenders.
The award is in memory of former Cameroon international Foe who sadly passed away on the pitch in 2003. It rewards African footballers plying their trade in the French Ligue 1.
Karl Toko Ekambi is a former winner of the award after doing so in 2018 after a brilliant performance in the Ligue. Karl Toko Ekambi is looking at creating history by becoming the only Cameroonian footballer to win two times after being the only Cameroonian player so far to have won the award.
The Cameroonian who was seen by many as not taking his chances in the opening matches of the Ligue 1 has regained all his bite and forms a formidable trio of attackers with Kadewere and the Dutchman Memphis Depay.
Ekambi has been decisive this season that has seen him among the top scorers in Ligue 1 this football season. He has contributed some 12 goals and some 6 decisive passes in the Ligue. His efforts see Lyon in the fourth position with 64 points after 32 games played. The team has a chance of finishing on the Champions League spots or the Europa League for next season.
Should Karl Toko be maintained as the three finalists he will certainly hope to win it and join Ivorian Gervinho who stands as the only African player to have won it two times. Gervinho won it back-to-back in 2010 and 2011.
The contenders for the award include: Nayef Aguerd (Stade Rennais / Morocco); Farid Boulaya (FC Metz / Algeria); Andy Delort (Montpellier Hérault Sport Club / Algeria); Boulaye Dia (Stade de Reims / Senegal); Seko Fofana (Racing Club de Lens / Ivory Coast); Idrissa Gueye (PSG / Senegal); Tino Kadewere (Olympique Lyonnais / Zimbabwe); Gaël Kakuta (Racing Club de Lens / DR Congo); Alexandre Oukidja (FC Metz / Algeria); Reinildo Mandava (Lille OSC / Mozambique) and Karl Toko-Ekambi (Olympique Lyonnais / Cameroon).
It should be noted that the top three finalists for the Marc Vivien Foe RFI/France 24 Prize for 2021 will be chosen by a committee of journalists and made known on April 29.
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