Super Eagles striker, Terem Moffi, has been named among the 11 finalists for the prestigious Marc-Vivien Foé Prize.
The award, which is given annually to the best African footballer playing in Ligue 1, features some of the top performers in the league this season.
Moffi, who started the season with Lorient, has been in scintillating form in front of goal, scoring 16 goals and providing 2 assists in 31 appearances in the domestic league.
He made a loan move to OGC Nice in January, and he has continued his impressive form since then, adding scoring four of his 16 goals for his new club in eight league appearances. In total, he has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season.
Moffi’s performances have not gone unnoticed, and he has become one of the most exciting young talents in African football. His pace, skill, and eye for goal have made him a nightmare for defenders, and he is sure to continue attracting interest from top clubs across Europe.
This is not the first time a Nigerian player has been shortlisted for the Marc-Vivien Foé Prize. In fact, two fellow Nigerians, Victor Osimhen and Vincent Enyeama, have won the award in 2020 and 2014 respectively.
Osimhen, who played for Lille at the time, won the award after scoring 13 goals in 27 league appearances, while Enyeama, a goalkeeper for Lille, won the award for his outstanding performances in helping the team to second place in the league.
The other finalists for the award include some of the biggest names in African football, such as defending champion Seko Fofana, Moroccan defender Achraf Hakimi, and Senegalese forward Habib Diallo.
The other seven players shortlisted for the award are:
- Abdelhamid Yunis, defender (Morocco/Reims)
- Baldé Mama, forward (Guinea-Bissau/Troyes)
- Camara Mohamed, midfielder (Mali/Monaco)
- Mbemba Chancel, defender (DR Congo/Marseille)
- Munetsi Marshall, midfielder (Zimbabwe/Reims)
- Traoré Hamari, defender (Mali/Rennes)
- Samed Salis Abdul, midfielder (Ghana/Lens)
The Marc-Vivien Foé Award, which is organized by RFI and awarded to the best African player in Ligue 1, has a jury of nearly 100 journalists specializing in French and African soccer.
The award is open to players who have played for an African national team and have not changed their nationality since then, and have played at least 15 matches in Ligue 1 this season.
The winner of the Marc-Vivien Foé Prize will be announced on May 30th, and it remains to be seen who will come out on top in this closely contested race.
Moffi will undoubtedly face tough competition from the other finalists, but his performances this season have put him in contention for the award and have certainly made him one of the most exciting young Super Eagles strikers in French football.