Best African player in France: ‘Only hardwork pays’ – Dede Ayew

Black Stars playmaker, Andre Ayew has revealed how highly he has always rated the Marc Vivien Foe award  for the best African player in the French league.

The son of former Marseille and Ligue 1 legend, Abedi Pele rounded up his career at the club where his father made his name by scooping the top award reserved from players from this continent playing in France’s top football division on Monday after seeing off the challenges of Ivory Coast’s Max Gradel (Saint-Etienne)and Tunisia’s Aymen Abdennour (Monaco).

Ayew who has scored 10 goals in 27 Ligue 1 games this term despite being away at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations where he led Ghana to the final in January and February was named this season’s recipient of the Marc-Vivien Foe Trophy picked by a jury of journalists under the auspices of French radio station RFI and TV channel France 24.

And Dede has been frank, revealing that he has always looked forward to getting the particular accolade especially as some of Africa’s best footballers ply their trade in the French league.

‘I am very honoured to have received such a prize. It’s not just anything for an African player in France. France has had a lot of good African players,” the 25 year old explained.

‘I have often been close to winning it and this year was the good one. It just proves I have to work even harder… Only work pays,” Ayew added. Follow @thedonplato

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