Cote d'Ivoire international wins Best African gong in France

Cote d'Ivoire international wins Best African gong in France
epa05660173 OGC Nice's Jean-Michael Seri, celebrates after scoring a goal during the French Ligue 1 soccer match, between OGC Nice and Toulouse FC, at the Allianz Riviera stadium, in Nice, France, Sunday, December 4, 2016. EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday May 16, 2017. 16:00

Cote d'Ivoire international and Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri has bagged the most coveted prize in France as he was voted as the Best African player in France's Ligue 1.

The Elephants campaigner claimed the Marc-Vivien Foe accolade after finishing ahead of Algeria and Montpellier's Ryad Boudebouz and Cameroon's Nations Cup winning captain Benjamin Moukandjo of FC Lorient.

Reports indicate that the annual award is named in honour of Cameroon international Foe who passed away after collapsing on the pitch in 2003.

Meanwhile, Seri is the second Ivorian to win the accolade after Gervinho won it on two consecutive occasions, in 2010 and 2011.


Having played 13 times for the Elephants thus far, Seri has been influential for the French giants this season netting six goals and providing nine assists to help them to a third-place in the league.

The former ASEC Mimosas player went on to have stints with Portuguese side FC Porto and Paços de Ferreira respectively before joining Nice in June 2015.

Having made his international debut against Sierra Leone in September 2005, he played for Ivory Coast at the 2017 CAF African Cup of Nations in Gabon as they suffered an embarrassing group stage exit.

Previous winners of the Marc-Vivien Foe trophy:

2016: Sofiane Boufal (Morocco/Lille)

2015: Andre Ayew (Ghana/Marseille)

2014: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria/Lille)

2013: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon/Saint-Étienne)

2012: Younès Belhanda (Morocco/Montpellier)

2011: Gervinho (Ivory Coast/Lille)

2010: Gervinho (Ivory Coast/Lille)

2009: Marouane Chamakh (Morocco/Bordeaux)

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