Bilal El Khannouss has been elected Lion Belge 2023, the award given to the best player of Arab origin in our football competition. The 19-year-old attacking midfielder from RC Genk defeated Ismaël Kandouss from AA Gent.
El Khannouss, who has Belgian and Moroccan nationality, succeeds his compatriot Tarik Tissoudali as winner of the Lion Belge. Kandouss, Tissoudali’s teammate and also (French) Moroccan, came second. Third place was a tie between the Algerian Adem Zorgane of Charleroi and Youssef Challouk of KV Kortrijk.