- After making his first team debut in November, Cameroon international Aboubakar Nagida has earned his first Ligue 1 young player of the month of December
- The 18-year old played four games with Rennes’s A team, totaling 173 minutes of game time
- He is amongst the three nominees for the Ligue one young player of the month of December
Aboubakar Nagida, an 18-year-old Cameroonian left-back, is one of the three nominees for the Ligue 1 young player of the month award for December 2023.
The announcement was made on Friday, December 5, 2024, on the Ligue 1 social media platform.
Nagida is in competition with 22-year-old PSG goalkeeper and captain Arnau Tenas, and 21-year-old Racing Club of Strasbourg winger Dilane Bakwa.
Nagida played four games with Rennes in December. The former EFBC player came on as a substitute in the Ligue 1 match against Monaco on December 5. In just 27 minutes on the pitch, he made nine passes with a 75% accuracy and one tackle, which earned him more minutes in the team’s next game against Villarreal.
The December 14 game in the Europa League saw his side lose 2-3 to the visitors, despite Nagida’s one shot on goal in his 67 minutes played.
Nagida was also a substitute in Rennes’s 0-0 draw against Toulouse on December 17. He finished the year as part of the starting 11 against Clermont Foot, playing the first 45 minutes on December 20.
Nagida’s 173 minutes of game time in December earned him this nomination, with the winner to be announced in January 2024.
He is considered as a rising star in Ligue 1 and a future prospect for the Cameroon national team. He has shown great potential, strength, intelligence, and technical skill in his first few matches, which has impressed his coach, teammates, and Rigobert Song, who included him in his provisional squad for the AFCON.
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