By Etienne Mengnjo Mainimo
Two Indomitable Lion’s player, Benjamin Moukandjo and Karl Toko Ekambi have been nominated for the 2017 edition of the Marc Vivian Foe’s Award.
According to the list that was published last April 10, the two Cameroonians are among the 13 finalists selected.
Benjamin Moukandjo, captain of the Indomitable Lions looks set to grab the trophy given his enormous contributions in his club. His contributions, both in terms of the impact in the game, construction, passes and goals make him a serious contender for this trophy.
Like Moukandjo, Cameroonian striker Karl Toko Ekambi, African champion is also very fit given his impact this season. Ivorian born Niçois Jean-Michaël Seri and Younès Belhanda, strangers in the group are part of the prestigious list.
The final winner to succeed Sofane Boufal will be selected in the month of May and will be separated by a jury of about 100 journalists.
The award is handled by RFI and France 24. The award seeks to reward the best African player playing in French League 1 for the 2016-2017 season.
Since the inception of the award in 2009, no Cameroonian has finished on the top position. Nicolas Nkoulou came second in 2012 and 2013 while Henri Bedimo finished third in 2014.
Shortlist of players for the 2017 Award
Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain / Ivory Coast)
Younès Belhanda (OGC Nice / Morocco)
Ryad Boudebouz (MHSC / Algeria)
Famara Diedhiou (SCO Angers / Senegal)
Karl Toko Ekambi (SCO Angers / Cameroon)
François Kamano (FCG Bordeaux / Guinea)
Benjamin Moukandjo (FC Lorient / Cameroon)
Steve Mounié (MHSC / Benin)Cheikh N’Doye (SCO Angers / Senegal)
Jean Michaël Seri (OGC Nice / Ivory Coast)
Giovani Sio (Stade Rennais / Ivory Coast)
Julio Tavares (Dijon / Cape Verde)
Steeve Yago (Toulouse FC / Burkina Faso)