Former Anderlecht player Chancel Mbemba is best African player in French Ligue 1


Chancel Mbemba has been named the best African football player in the French top division. The Congolese defender of Olympique Marseille, who broke through in Europe at Anderlecht, was awarded the Marc-Vivien Foé Prize by organizers Radio France Internationale (RFI) and France 24.

Guy Van Den LangenberghBron: BELGIAN

The 28-year-old Mbemba beat the Ivorian midfielder of Lens Seko Fofana, last year’s winner. Nice Nigerian striker Terem Moffi (ex-KV Kortrijk) finished third.

Mbemba played in the first team of RSC Anderlecht between 2013 and 2015. With a national title and two Supercups in his pocket, he moved from the Purple & White to Newcastle. Three years later, a switch to Porto followed, with which he won the Portuguese double twice.

Chancel Mbemba made his breakthrough at Anderlecht. — © BELGIUM

Since the summer of 2022, Mbemba has been wearing the shirt of Marseille. In his first season he immediately grew into a stronghold in defense. A match day before the end of the competition, l’OM is certain of third place in Ligue 1, good for a ticket for the Champions League preliminary round.

The Marc-Vivien Foé Prize was created in 2009 and is awarded by a jury of about a hundred people (journalists, experts, former players). It pays tribute to the former Cameroonian international who died of cardiac arrest in 2003 during the Confederations Cup semi-final in Lyon against Colombia.

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