The prize is awarded in honour of the former Cameroon international who collapsed and died of heart failure at age 28 in 2003 during the Fifa Confederations Cup in France.
Candidates must be African players in the French first division league known as Ligue 1. It was initiated in 2009, with Morocco's Marouane Chamakh winning the maiden edition.
Ivory Coast international Gervinho is the only player to have won it twice, in 2010 and 2011. Another Moroccan Younes Belhanda was named in 2012 while Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won it in 2013.