Cameroonian striker Karl Toko Ekambi has won this year’s Marc-Vivien Foe prize which was announced in Paris on Monday. The Angers player beat off competition from Tunisian Wahbi Khazri and Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traoré.
Ekambi, who scored 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season, raked 165 points of the votes from a panel of football specialists, which included journalists.
The Marc-Vivien Foe prize honours the best African player of the French topflight at the end of each season.
The prize was initiated in 2009 to pay homage to Marc-Vivien Foe, who collapsed and died while playing with the Indomitable Lions at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup in Lyon, France.
Ekambi is the first Cameroonian to win the prize. Past winners are Marouane Chamakh, Gervinho, Younes Belhanda, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Vincent Enyeama, Andre Ayew, Sofiane Boufal and Jean Michael Seri.