Nicolas Pepe wins Marc-Vivien Foe prize

Nicolas Pepe wins Marc-Vivien Foe prize

Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe has emerged winner of the 2019 Marc-Vivien Foé prize, which honours the best African player of the French topflight at the end of each season.

The 23-year-old, who plays for Ligue 1 side Lille, scored 21 goals and provided 10 assists this season.

Pépé beat competition from Tunisian Wahbi Khazri of AS Saint-Etienne and Senegalese Ismaïla Sarr of Stade Rennais FC.

Cameroonian Karl Toko-Ekambi won the prize last year.

Pépé is currently one of the hottest transfer targets in Europe, with Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly keeping an eye on the French-born Ivorian.

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.

Former winners:

2009: Marouane Chamak (Bordeaux, Morocco)

2010 : Gervinho (Lille, Cote d’Ivoire)

2011: Gervinho (Lille, Cote d’Ivoire)

2012: Younès Belhanda (Montpellier, Morocco)

2013: Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (Saint-Etienne, Gabon)

2014: Vincent Enyeama (Lille, Nigeria)

2015: André Ayew (Marseille, Ghana)

2016: Sofiane Boufal (Lille, Maroc)

2017: Séri Jean-Michaël (Nice, Cote d’Ivoire)

2018: Karl Toko-Ekambi (Angers, Cameroon)

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