Marseille star Andre Ayew says Vivien Foe award is special to all African footballers in France

Ghana forward Andre Ayew says he highly regards the Marc Vivien Foe award because the French league has got some of the best players from Africa.

The 25-year-old celebrated his final days with French side Marseille by being named the best African player in France’s Ligue 1 on Monday night.

Ayew finished ahead of Ivory Coast’s Max Gradel (Saint-Etienne)and Tunisia’s Aymen Abdennour (Monaco) for the award to recognize the best African player in the French top-flight.

The winger — a member of the Ghana side that lost to Ivory Coast 9-8 on penalties in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations final — was picked by a jury of journalists and received the Marc-Vivien Foe Trophy handed out by French radio station RFI and TV channel France 24.

France is famous for having several Africans in their top-flight league and Ayew says this makes it special for any player from the continent who wins the award.

“I am very honoured to have received such a prize,” said Ayew, whose father Marseille legend Abedi Pele was African footballer of the year three times.

“It’s not just anything for an African player in France. France has had a lot of good African players.

“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.

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