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Nigeria striker Victor Ossimen is the best African player in the French league

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Nigeria striker and Lille Victor Ossimen club player won the Marc Viviane Voye 2020 award granted by and France International Radio annually to the best African player in the French League. Algerian Islam Soleimani (Monaco) finished second, ahead of Moroccan Younes Abdel Hamid (Rance Club), third overall.

At the end of a premature season due to the Corona virus pandemic, the Nigeria striker and Lille club (northern France) were crowned Victor Ossimen Mark Vivien Foy Award 2020 Awarded by and Radio France International annually to the best African player in the French Football League.

The young 21-year-old overcame the loaned Monaco striker Islam Soleimani, who performed well alongside his attacking teammate, Wissem Ben Yeder, and Moroccan “Lion of the Atlas” Younes Abdel Hamid, defender of Rance.

Organizers have questioned whether the award should be awarded so that African players are not deprived of the taste of victory in recognition of their efforts and sporting talents, or that opinion is paid to cancel the 2020 edition after stopping Current season 2019-2020 In mid-March in Round 28 (out of 38)?

In the end, they decided to give her the continued sweetness to celebrate the beauty of the game and the players.

Victor Ossimen, who won 284 points (compared to 95 for Islam Soleimani, second), became the fifth Lille player to win the award after Ivorian Gervinho in 2011, Nigerian Vincent Enyima in 2014, Moroccan Sufyan Boval in 2016 and Ivorian Nicolas Bibi in 2019.

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Osimin grew up in a family of seven children, the youngest of whom, in a shantytown suburb of Lagos. He was accompanying his mother in the midst of traffic, moving between people in an attempt to sell a little water for some money. But his mother died when he was a child, while his father lost his job so everyone had to leave the dream of football aside and work and earn a living.

Despite the difficult situation, Victor’s dream continued to be determined, as he embarked on a football career that would lead him to a day of professionalism.

The young man continued to play the ball with his colleagues at rest, and then decided to participate in a course organized by the Nigerian Federation to discover talents that make him happy in the future. Among the successful candidates was Victor O’SIMIN, who began training with the under-17 team led by former international Emmanuel Amunike, one of the stars of the “Eagles” team participating in the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

Thus, the player fought the 2015 African Nations Cup in the U17 category, scoring four goals to top the scorers. He then participated from the same team in the World Cup, scoring ten goals and snatching the cup to shine his star and attract the attention of major European clubs.

The German club Folsburg succeeded in signing him in early 2017, but the Nigerian youth had difficulties adapting to his new country, causing his injury several times and playing a few games with his team.

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After returning to Nigeria in the summer vacation, Oseemin was exposed to malaria, committing himself to a home stone of 40 days, which prevented him from preparing next season with his colleagues.

Faced with this failure, the club decided to loan it to the Belgian club Charleroi, to perform with him a great season, recording 19 goals. The two parties contracted for three and a half million euros, but the Belgian team agreed with Lille on a transfer deal of 15 million euros.

Her night was on a quest to find a successor to his attacker Nicolas Bibi (award-winning Mark Vivian Foy 2019) who had turned into Arsenal.

The Nigerian player finished the season with 13 goals and four assists (Assist) in a total of 27 games.

Osimin became a popular player and a favorite with the discerning man, given his good manners. And it became under the radars of the major European clubs, from Naples, to Liverpool.

This award is awarded in honor of the Cameroonian player Marc Vivan Foy who died on the Lyon stadium on 26 June 2003 at the age of 28, during a match between his country and Colombia in the Confederations Cup.

Final list for the Marc Vivien Foy 2020 award:

1- Victor Osimin (Nigeria – Lille, 284 points)

2- Islam Soleimani (Algeria, Monaco, 95 points)

3- Younes Abdel Hamid (Morocco – Rance Stadium, 89 points)

4- Habib Diallo (Senegal – Metz, 52 points)

5- Mbainyung (Senegal – Rennes Stadium, 43 points)

6- Amari Traore (Mali-Rennes, 37 points equally with Idrisa Gaye – Paris Saint-Germain)

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8- Doni Poanga (Gabon – Saint-Etienne, 27 points)

9- Edward Mendy (Senegal – Rennes, 24 points)

10- Andy Delor (Algeria – Montpellier, 13 points)

11- Moses Simon (Nigeria – Nantes Club, 10 points)

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