Lille’s Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen was on Monday, June 29, named the top African player in France’s coronavirus-curtailed Ligue 1 season.
At 21, the Lagos-born forward is the youngest ever recipient of the Prix Marc Vivien-Foe; named in honour of the late Cameroon player who died aged 28 in 2003.
With 13 goals in the 2019-20 campaign; Osimhen beat off opposition led by Monaco’s Islam Slimani of Algeria and Moroccan Yunis Abdelhamid who plays for Reims.
Osimhen succeeds Nicolas Pepe, who moved from Lille to Arsenal last summer.
Like Pepe, the sought-after Osimhen is expected to be lured to a new club next season.
“I have planned for some time that Victor will no longer be here next season;” conceded Lille coach Christophe Galtier this month.
Osimhen has not resumed training with his current side as he is in Nigeria following the death of his father.
He was voted top African in Ligue 1 by a panel of 100 journalists; announced the award’s organisers RFI radio and France 24.
Lille finished fourth in the 2019/2020 campaign; which in contrast to other major European leagues was ended in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, former Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has secured a coaching job in France.
Enyeama has been named the new goalkeeper coach of French National 3 side, Iris Club de Croix. The 37-year-old former Lille shot-stopper has been without a club since he departed the French top-flight outfit in August 2018.
But, as reported by Goal.com, he has now been given the chance to commence his journey in management.
Specifically, Enyeama’s appointment was disclosed in a statement released on Iris’ Facebook page. He will take over the coaching of the goalkeepers from the team’s reserves to the U16 division.
Enyeama began his professional career at Ibom stars in 1999.
Thereafter, he joined Enyimba where he helped the Aba-based outfit win three Nigeria Professional League titles; two CAF Champions Leagues and one CAF Super Cup.