Prix Marc-Vivien Foe: Aubameyang named best African player in France


Marseille’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been honoured as the best African player in the 2023-24 French Ligue 1 season.

Aubameyang claimed the annual award for the second time in his career on Monday – first was in the 2012-13 season at Saint-Etienne.

The Gabon international played a starring role for Marseille this campaign with his contribution of 28 goals and 11 assists in 47 games across all competitions.

The 2015 African Footballer of the Year saw off competition from teammate Chancel Mbemba of DR Congo, PSG’s Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi and Lille’s Algerian midfielder Nabil Bentaleb.

Aubameyang joins Ivory Coast legend Gervinho as the only two Africans to have won the Prix Marc-Vivien Foe twice.

The former Barcelona and Arsenal striker returned to France on a free transfer following the expiry of his deal at Chelsea and he has revived his career in the Ligue 1 by earning a recall to Gabon national team for their upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ivory Coast and the Gambia in June.

Despite Aubameyang’s brilliant form in front of goal, Marseille occupy the eighth position in the Ligue 1 table with 47 points from 32 matches and they are four points adrift of European football spot.

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