26-year-old John Obi Mikel was named the favourite to win the Glo-CAF award after an opinion poll took on Tuesday named the midfielder as the number one seed. Although it was the Chelsea man's first nomination for the award, looking at the evidence he had a good case for winning it.
A opinion backed by Mohammed Aderibigbe of Precise Sports and Sports 24, with the latter commenting:
''The award goes to Mikel, a regular in Chelsea's line up, European Champions League winner, Europa Cup winner and African Cup of Nations Champion, what else?''
Mikel enjoyed one of his best years in football last season, winning both the African Cup of Nations and the Europa League, and becoming a regular face in Chelsea's team despite stiff competition. So, there will rightfully be questions to why trophy-less Yaya Toure was picked for the award over such an outstanding candidate.
Yaya Toure endured last season more than anything else, forever chasing the coat tails of Manchester United in the league, crashing out the African Cup of Nations in the quarter final and losing to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup final capping off a poor season for the midfielder.
However, the latter part of 2013 has been an especially good one for the Ivorian, having qualified for the World Cup in Brazil and showing impeccable individual form in the Premier League.
The reputation of Yaya Toure exceeds the reputation of John Obi Mikel and despite the good year that Mikel has enjoyed, it was always going to be a difficult task stopping the Manchester City midfielder claiming the award for the third year running.
Despite that, it is a prestigious award and I'm sure John Obi Mikel will be honoured to have even been named in the last three.
Hopefully he can enjoy another good year in 2014 and get another chance of being named Africa's number one player.
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