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Morocco’s Boufal wins RFI-FRANCE 24 award for best African player in Ligue 1

FRANCE 24

Moroccan attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal on Monday won the RFI-FRANCE 24 Marc-Vivien Foé Award for the best African player in France's Ligue 1 for the 2015-2016 season.

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Boufal, 22, claimed the trophy after a stellar performance with French team Lille – who now have a solid chance at a spot in the EUFA Europa League – even though a knee injury forced him to miss out the final two weeks of the French championship season.

The Lille star scored 11 times with five assists, helping Lille advance to last month's League Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain and secure sixth place in Ligue 1.

Senegalese midfielder Cheikh N'Doye (Angers) was this year’s runner-up for the Marc-Vivien Foé award, with Algerian winger Rachid Ghezzal (Lyon) finishing third overall.

Ghana’s André Ayew (who now plays for Swansea City in the UK) won last year’s trophy as a winger for Marseille.

Boufal was picked by a jury composed of French football journalists after each member selected three names from a list of 10 players previously drawn up by the RFI and FRANCE 24 sports departments.

The Marc-Vivien Foé Award was named after a Cameroonian player who died unexpectedly during a match in Lyon's Stade de Gerland on June 26, 2003.

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