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Lens midfielder Gaël Kakuta has been voted the best African footballer in the French first division by a jury of sports journalists at Radio France Internationale (RFI) and France 24.

The 29-year-old Democratic Republic of Congo international came in ahead of Andy Delort of Montpellier and Algeria and Tino Kadewere who plays for Lyon and Zimbabwe.

Kakuta is the first player from Lens and the DRC to claim the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé since its inception in 2011.

The accolade honours an excellent season for the prodigal talent.

Kakuta passed through the Lens academy before going to Chelsea in the English Premier League in 2009.

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