Munetsi nominated for prestigious Ligue 1 award


Zimbabwe international midfielder Marshall Munetsi has been rewarded for his consistent performances this season after being nominated for the prestigious Marc-Vivien Foe Award.

The Marc-Vivien Foe award is given to the top African player in France’s Ligue every year in honour of the late Cameroonian international player Marc-Vivien Foé, who collapsed and died on the pitch during an international match in 2003.

Munetsi (26), has been turning heads with commanding midfield performances as he continues to flourish in Europe.

The versatile midfielder has six goals, his highest goal return since moving to Europe while also chipping in with three assists playing in central midfield.

He’s played in all but four league games this season, and was one of the stars credited for Reims incredible 19-match unbeaten run that saw them climb from 17th into 8th on the log.

As a consequence for his fine showings, Munetsi has made the shortlist for the Marc-Vivien Foe award, which is handed out to the best African player in French football.

However, Munetsi would have to be the likes of Achraf Hakimi and last year’s winner Seko Fofana to the accolade, while Terem Moffi is also in the running after netting 16 goals this season already.

The winner will be announced on May 30.

Munetsi is the second Zimbabwean player to be nominated for the award after compatriot Tino Kadewere, who made the final three-man shortlist in 2021.

The latest recognition comes at a time when Munetsi’s consistent performances have led to speculation linking him with a move to the English Premier League where the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion and Bournemouth mentioned along with Burnley have reportedly been monitoring his progress.

Below are all 11 nominees:

  • Yunis Abdelhamid (Morocco/Reims)
  • Mama Balde (Guinea-Bissau/Troyes)
  • Mohamed Camara (Mali/Monaco)
  • Habib Diallo (Senegal/Strasbourg)
  • Seko Fofana (Ivory Coast / Lens)
  • Achraf Hakimi (Morocco / PSG)
  • Chancel Mbeba (DR Congo/Marseille)
  • Terem Moffi, forward (Nigeria/Nice)
  • Marshall Munetsi (Zimbabwe/Reims)
  • Salis Abdul Samed (Ghana/Lens)
  • Hamari Traore, defender (Mali/Rennes)






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