Elected last year, Lensois captain Fofana is among the favorites for the trophy awarded by Radio France Internationale (RFI) and France 24, after another fine season in which the Sang et Or are candidates for the podium. Semi-finalist of the World Cup with the Atlas Lions, the PSG side Hakimi also had a good season, like the very attacking defender of OM Mbemba or the Nigerian striker Terem Moffi, spent this winter from Lorient in Nice.
The prize created in 2009 is awarded by a jury made up of nearly 100 former players and journalists specializing in French and African football. It bears the name of the former Cameroonian international of RC Lens Marc-Vivien Foé, who died in the middle of a match of cardiac arrest during a 2003 Confederations Cup match in Lyon.
The eleven finalists:
Yunis Abdelhamid (Maroc/Reims) Mama Baldé (GBS/Troyes) Mohamed Camara (MLI/Monaco) Habib Diallo (SEN/Strasbourg) Seko Fofana (CIV/Lens) Achraf Hakimi (MAR/Paris SG) Chancel Mbemba (COG/Marseille) Terem Moffi (NGA/Nice) Marshall Munetsi (ZIM/Reims) Salis Abdul Samed (GHA/Lens) Hamari Traoré (MLI/Rennes)