Harare – Zimbabwe international soccer striker Tino Kadewere has made history by becoming the first player from Southern Africa to make the final three of the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé.
The award is presented in honour of the late Cameroonian midfielder Marc-Vivien Foé, who died soon after collapsing on the pitch on June 26, 2003 while representing his country in a FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final match against Colombia in France.
The award recognises outstanding African players plying their trade in the French Ligue 1, and it will be presented on May 17.
Kadewere is enjoying his debut season with giants Lyon, having joined the club from Ligue 2 side Le Havre last year. The Zimbabwean has scored 10 goals and provided three assists for Lyon.
The initial list of 11 players nominated for Prix Marc-Vivien Foé included another Southern Africa star, Reinildo Mandava of Mozambique, who plays for title-chasing Lille OSC. In the final three alongside Kadewere are Montpelier’s Algerian forward Andy Delort and Congolese speedster Gaël Kakuta, who is in the books of Lens.
Kadewere this week said, “I am humbled and I feel honoured to be in this exclusive company of three players who have been shortlisted for the highest prize for African footballers playing in France.
“I have come a long way and I would always want to thank God. Winning the award itself will be a bonus for me because being in the top three alone is a very big achievement when I look at it.”
If Kadewere bags the award, he will also become the first player to win it in his first season in France’s top flight.
The award was introduced in 2009 and Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen who played for Lille OSC won the prize last season, before his move to Italian Serie A side Napoli.