Traore, Tavares, Dossevi among Prix Marc-Vivien Foe nominees
The 13-man shortlist for the 2018 Prix Marc-Vivien Foe – awarded to the most effective African footballer in Ligue 1 – was unveiled on Monday, with Bertrand Traore, Mathieu Dossevi and Julio Tavares among the early favourites.
The shortlist, which is selected by France 24 and Radio France Worldwide, includes the present holder of the award – Jean Michael Seri – who could emulate his compatriot Gervinho and win the title for the next consecutive yr.
The prize was launched in 2009 and many years later on, was named in honour of the late Cameroon midfielder Foe, who died in 2003 at the age of 28 when in action for the Indomitable Lions at the 2003 Confederations Cup.
The winner will be revealed on May fourteen subsequent a voting process, with Seri one of three Ivorians, acquiring been nominated together with compatriots Max Gradel (Toulouse) and Nicolas Pepe (LOSC Lille).
Gradel, who’s at this time on loan at Le TFC from Bournemouth, was runner-up at the rear of Ghana and Olympique de Marseille’s Andre Ayew through the 2015 edition of the award.
Olympique Lyonnais ahead Traore, a summertime recruit from Chelsea, is one of the favourites for the award immediately after netting 8 goals and contributing two more help through his maiden marketing campaign in France.
He’ll be rivalled by Cape Verde and Dijon ahead Tavares, who’s scored eleven this year when Metz’s Dossevi cannot be forgotten immediately after his high-quality marketing campaign acquiring contributed 8 helps – the fifth highest in the league.
Wahbi Khazri of Stade Rennais, who will vacation to the World Cup with Tunisia later on this yr, is yet another contender in a checklist that also includes Keita Balde (Monaco), Gael Kakuta and Moussa Konate (each Amiens).
African Cup of Nations winner Karl Toko Ekambi also tends to make the reduce, with his compatriot Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Rennes defender Hamari Traore rounding off the range.
Earlier winners also include people like Marouane Chamakh – the inaugural receiver – as perfectly as Younes Belhanda, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Vincent Enyeama.