Marseille midfielder Andre Ayew has been named in a ten-man shortlist for this year’s best African player in the French Ligue 1 dubbed Marc-Vivien Foe Prize.
Ayew, 22, is a frontrunner for the award after the unveiling on Tuesday in France by the award sponsors- state radio RFI and satellite television France 24.
He faces stiff opposition from team mate and Cameroon international Nicolas Nkoulou, Tunisia’s Aymen Abdennour of Toulouse and Gabon star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Saint-Etienne.
Also in contention are Cameroon internationals Henri Bedimo (Montpellier), Aurelien Chedjou (Lille), Montpellier duo Morocco’s Younes Belhanda and Jamel Saihi from Tunisia.
Gabon’s Bruno Ecuele Manga of Lorient and Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa of Rennes complete the pack.
The award has been named after former Cameroon international Marc-Vivien Foe who died in 2003 during a FIFA Confederations Cup match with the Indomitable Lions at the Stade de Gerland in Lyon, France.
Ivory Coast star Gervinho- who now plays for English side Arsenal-won the prize last year as a Lille player.