2018 Prix Marc-Vivien Foe Award: Celebrating African players in Ligue 1

Olympique Lyon forward Bertrand Traore dribbles past defender in Ligue 1

Since 2009, Radio France International and France 24 compile a list of the top performing African footballers in the Ligue 1 which will be subjected to a voting process to decide the ultimate winner at the end of every season. This year's 13-man shortlist has been announced and Burkina Faso’s Bertrand Traore, Togo’ Mathieu Dossevi and Cape Verde’s Julio Tavares are the early favorites to walk away with the award.

Last year’s winner, Jean Michael Seri is also on the list, looking to emulate his countryman, Gervinho who won the award in two consecutive years (2010-11). Lyon’s marksman, Bertrand Traore has enjoyed his maiden season in France, scoring on nine occasions and registering two assists. Tavares has eleven goals to his name while Dossevi has the fifth highest joint assists tally, sitting at eight.

OGC Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri dribbles the ball in Ligue 1 competiton

Here is the full list of the 13 finalists:

  • Keita BALDÉ DIAO (AS MONACO / SENEGAL / Forward / 23 years old)

  • Matthieu DOSSEVI (FC METZ / TOGO / Midfielder / 30 years old)

  • Max-Alain GRADEL (TOULOUSE FC / CÔTE D'IVOIRE / Forward / 30 years old)

  • Gaël KAKUTA (AMIENS SC / DR CONGO / Midfielder / 26 years old)

  • Wahbi KHAZRI ( RENNAIS STAGE / TUNISIA / Forward / 27 years old)

  • Moussa KONATÉ (AMIENS SC / SENEGAL / Forward / 25 years old)

  • Nicolas PÉPÉ (LOSC LILLE / COTE D'IVOIRE / Forward/ 22 years old)

  • Jean Michaël SÉRI (OGC NICE / COTE D'IVOIRE / Midfielder / 26 years old)

  • Julio TAVARES (DIJON FCO / CAPE VERDE / Forward / 29 years old)

  • Karl TOKO EKAMBI (SCO ANGERS / CAMEROON / Forward / 25 years old)

  • Bertrand TRAORE (OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS / BURKINA FASO / Forward / 22 years old)

  • Hamari TRAORÉ (RENNAIS STAGE / MALI / Defender / 26 years old)

  • André-Frank ZAMBO ANGUISSA (OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE / CAMEROON / Midfielder / 22 years old)

The winner will be announced on the 14th of May.

Previous winners of the award include Marouane Chamakh, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Vincent Enyeama, Gervinho, Andre Ayew, Younes Belhanda and Jean Michael Seri.

The late Cameroon International player Marc-Vivien Foe is honored in Ligue 1

This award was named the Prix Marc-Vivien Foe award in 2011, in honor of the Cameroon International, Foe, who passed away on 26 June 2003 on the lawn of the Gerland Stadium in Lyon whilst representing the Indomitable Lions in the Confederations Cup tournament.