Kevin Denkey, the Cercle Bruges scorer, wins the 33rd Soulier d’Ebène

Kevin Denkey, the Cercle Bruges scorer, wins the 33rd Soulier d’Ebène
Kevin Denkey, the Cercle Bruges scorer, wins the 33rd Soulier d’Ebène

Kevin Denkey won the 33rd Ebony Shoe, the trophy which rewards the best African or African-origin player in the Jupiler Pro League, Monday at the African Awards in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert.

Denkey, 23, exploded the scores this season with Cercle Bruges by finishing top scorer in the classic phase with 23 goals. Goals which allowed Cercle to snatch a place in the Champions Playoffs where Denkey scored four more goals, bringing his total to 27. Cercle currently occupies 4th place after their 1-2 victory at Antwerp on Sunday.

Arriving at Cercle in January 2021 from the French club Nîmes, his training club, Denkey only found the net eleven times in 38 matches last season. He scored 6 goals in 28 matches in 2021-2022 and 2 goals in 13 matches during the second part of the 2020-2021 season.

The Togolese’s main competitor was the Algerian Mohamed Amoura, who finished on the second step of the podium. The Union Saint-Gilloise striker finished the classic phase with 17 goals on the clock, helping the Unionists take first place. The Algerian striker was then more discreet in the Champions Playoffs with only one goal in seven matches before the trip to Club Bruges this Monday evening.

Bilal El Khannouss (Genk), Aboubakary Koita (Saint-Truiden) and Mandela Keita (Antwerp) completed the ranking.

The Togolese international (25 caps, 4 goals) succeeds Mike Trésor who then played for Genk before joining Burnley.

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