Morocco national team and KAA Gent winger Tarik Tissoudali was rewarded for a fantastic season in club football by receiving the Belgian First Division A’s Ebony Shoe, awarded to the best player in Belgium’s top division who plays for an African national team or is of African descent. Tissoudali’s blistering form saw him score 27 goals and assist six more across 51 games in Belgian league and cup play as well as the UEFA Europa Conference League. The 29-year-old also provided two goals and an assist in Morocco’s 5-2 aggregate victory over DR Congo in the playoff round of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying.
Tissoudali is the first Moroccan to win the award since playmaker Mbark Boussoufa in 2010, who won the award a record three times. Nigerian striker Paul Onuachu finished second in the voting and Dutch youth national team star Joshua Kirkzee, of Nigerian descent, finished third.