Prix Marc-Vivien Foé 2023: Seko Fofana, Chancel Mbemba and Terem Moffi finalists

The three finalists of the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé 2023. © FMM Graphic Studio

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RFI and France 24 unveiled this Friday, May 19, the names of the three finalist players of the Marc-Vivien Foé 2023 prize, which rewards the best African footballer who has played in Ligue 1 during the 2022-2023 season. Ivorian Seko Fofana, Congolese Chancel Mbemba and Nigerian Terem Moffi remain in contention after a first selection of eleven players.


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Will Seko Fofana imitate his compatriot Gervinho (2010-2011) and succeed himself? He is in any case in the race for the trophy alongside the Congolese Chancel Mbemba and the Nigerian Terem Moffi, while they were eleven to claim a place in the top three. The name of the winner will be announced on May 30 at 5:30 am UTC on RFI and on the and websites.

Presentation of the three finalists in alphabetical order

Seko Fofana. AP - Michel Spingler

FOFANA Seko, midfielder (Côte d'Ivoire/Lens)

Seko Fofana, captain and guide of RC Lens, managed another high-flying season in the image of his club, candidate for a qualification to the Champions League. Recuperator, passer and striker, the 27-year-old Ivorian is still decisive this season with the Blood and Gold. Enough to keep his crown and achieve the double? Since the creation of the Marc-Vivien Foé prize, only his compatriot Gervhino has managed the double. Another Elephant, Nicolas Pépé, won in 2019.

Chancel Mbemba. AFP - NICOLAS TUCAT

MBEMBA Chancel, defender (DR Congo/Marseille)

The Congolese arrived free of any contract in Marseille on July 15, 2022. Regular defender, eye-catching, technical and scorer in addition, Chancel Mbemba is without doubt, with the Chilean Alexis Sanchez, the best player of OM this season. At 28, will he be the second sacred Leopard after Gaël Kakuta in 2021? Since the creation of this trophy, no defender has managed to obtain the majority of the jury's votes. Will the former Porto player be the first?


MOFFI Terem, striker (Nigeria/Nice)

Moving from Lorient to Nice during the season, the 23-year-old Super Eagle certainly needed time to adapt, but did not lose his effectiveness in front of goal. Nice intends to make the Nigerian one of the heads of the gondola for its national and European ambitions; That's good, Moffi, who started his professional career in Lithuania, is ready to take the plunge. The former centre-forward from Kortrijk, Belgium, has delighted his supporters many times this season. The last Nigerian player to win the Marc-Vivien Foé Award is none other than Victor Osimhen, in 2020.

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