French news outlets, including RFI and France 24, have unveiled the list of the 11 football finalists nominated for the 2019 Marc Vivien Foe award which recognizes the best African player in the French League 1.
Rabat – The list includes Morocco footballer Yunis Abdelhamid, who plays for Reims. The 31-year old footballer was on Herve Renard’s list for the friendly game Morocco played against Malawi on March 22.
According to L’Equipe, Morocco did not call up the footballer since October October 2016.
The footballer made his official debut with Morocco in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification.
The footballer, however, was invited to play for Morocco in a friendly game against Albania in September 2016, but he did not feature.
The list for the 2019 Marc Vivien Foe award also includes Burkina Faso’s Bertrand Traore who plays for Lyon, and Guinea’s Francois Kamano, who plays for Bordeaux.
Algerian footballer Youcef Atal, who plays for Nice also made the list.
Foe, a Cameroonian player widely considered as one of the best African footballers of his generation, died aged 28 during a 2003 Confederation Cup match between Cameroon and Colombia.
Foe played in midfield, and was considered one of the most talented midfielders before his sudden death. The newly-established prize is set to honor the Cameronians’ impact on African football.