Former Nigerian international Vincent Enyeama has been nominated for the annual Marc-Vivien Foé Award which is to celebrate the best African player in the French Lique 1.
The 11-man shortlist includes five midfielders, two defenders, three forwards with Enyeama as the only goalkeeper and the only one on the list that has previously won the Award.
However, the biggest threat to the Super Eagles star winning the award is the duo of Ghana’s Abdul Majeed Waris and Cameroonian Benjamin Moukandjo who are having a fine season with 12 goals in Ligue 1 so far.
A surprise nominee is Ivorian star Serge Aurier, who was suspended by league champions Paris Saint Germain, following a fall-out with manager Lauret Blanc and star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Full list of nominees
Goalkeeper: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria / Lille)
Defenders: Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast / PSG), Moustapha Bayal Sall (Senegal / As Saint-Etienne)
Midfielders: Floyd Ayité (Togo / SC Bastia), Ryad Boudebouz (Algeria / Montpellier), Sofiane Boufal (Morocco / Lille), Rachid Ghezzal (Algeria / Olympique Lyonnais), Cheikh Ndoye (Senegal / SCO Angers)
Forwards: Cheick Diabaté (Mali / Bordeaux), Benjamain Moukandjo (Cameroon / FC Lorient), Abdul Majeed Waris (Ghana / FC Lorient)
List of former winners:
Marc-Vivien Foé prize winners
2009: Marouane Chamakh
2012: Younès Belhanda
2013: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
2014: Vincent Enyeama
2015: Ayew Andre