Ivorian Seko Fofana named best African player in Ligue 1

The Ivorian international environment Seko Fofanacaptain of RC Lens, has been named the best African player of the 2021/2022 season in Ligue 1, RFI and France 24, organizers of the Marc-Vivien Foé prize, announced on Monday.

The trophy remains the preserve of the Sang et Or since the 27-year-old Ivorian succeeds a Lensois teammate, the Congolese midfielder Gaël Kakuta, after two previous seasons returned to Lille attackers, the Ivorian Nicolas Pépé in 2019 and Nigerian Victor Osimhen in 2020.

Fofana this year is ahead of the Malian right side Hamari Traoré and the Moroccan defender Nayef Aguerd, two players playing in Rennes.

Leaving on the wheel, with already three goals in August, the captain of the Sang et Or has been credited with decisive achievements this season, such as against Paris SG (1-1) in December, Saint-Etienne (2-1) mid-January, Bordeaux (3-2) in February and, more recently, Reims (2-1) in added time.

Born in Paris, Fofana knew the young selections of the France team until under 19, before opting for the Ivory Coast team, whose jersey he wore for the first time in 2017.

The Marc-Vivien Foé prize, named after the Cameroonian footballer who died on June 26, 2003 at the age of 28 after suffering cardiac arrest in the middle of a match, is awarded by a jury of around 70 people made up of journalists, consultants and even former players, from a list of 12 players established by the sports services of RFI and France 24.

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