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Morocco's Boufal wins 'Marc-Vivien Foe Award' in French Ligue 1

Morocco's Boufal wins 'Marc-Vivien Foe Award' in French Ligue 1

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Moroccan international Sofiane Boufal has won the 2015-2016 Marc-Vivien Foe Award for the best African player in the French Ligue 1.

The 22 year old who plays for Lille now has a solid chance at a spot in the UEFA Europa League even though that seeks to be threatened by a recurring knee injury.

Boufal scored 11 times with five assists, helping Lille advance to secure sixth place.

He succeeds last year’s winner Andre Ayew of Ghana (back then with Marseille) but now with Swansea City in England.

The award is run by RFI-FRANCE 24 , the Marc-Vivien Foe Award was named after the Cameroonian player who died during a match in Lyon’s Stade de Gerland on June 26, 2003.

He joins a prestigious list of African players who have graced the French Ligue 1, past winners include:

2015: Andre Ayew (Ghana/Marseille)
2014: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria/Lille)
2013: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon/Saint-Étienne)
2012: Younès Belhanda (Morocco/Montpellier)
2011: Gervinho (Ivory Coast/Lille)
2010: Gervinho (Ivory Coast/Lille)
2009: Marouane Chamakh (Morocco/Bordeaux)