Mike Trésor wins the 2023 Ebony Shoe


The KRC Genk midfielder was voted the best African or African-born football player in the Belgian league.

Mike Trésor was honoured at the African Awards ceremony. The KRC Genk midfielder finished ahead of Union's Victor Boniface and Ghent's Gift Orban. Joseph Paintsil (Genk) and Bilal El Khannouss (Genk) finished fourth and fifth.

First formed by Anderlecht, the native of Lembeek (Flemish Brabant province) was introduced to the professional world in the Netherlands, with NEC Nijmegen in the second division in 2018-2019, then in the first division with Willem II the following season. Initially on loan, Trésor then officially joined Tilburg for a confirmatory season in the Eredivisie before his transfer to the Belgian club, Genk, in the summer of 2021.

The 23-year-old was rewarded for his great season with the Limburg club. Mike Trésor scored 8 goals and provided 23 assists for KRC Genk, breaking the record for the most assists in one season in the Pro League. 

Of Burundian and Rwandan origin, Mike Trésor has Belgian nationality and has played for Belgium in every age category from U16 to U21, but has not yet been selected for the Red Devils.

Romelu Lukaku was also honoured at the African Awards ceremony. The top scorer in the history of the Belgian national team received the Merit Award. The Red Devil was accordingly honoured for his social and humanitarian actions towards Africa or the African community.

Congratulations to these players of African origin who are shining on the Belgian football scene!