Chelsea and Nigerian midfielder, John Mikel Obi, who is an African Nations Cup and UEFA Europa League winner both in 2013, only managed to finished second in the voting for the African Footballer of the Year 2013.
Despite not winning a major trophy for country and club in 2013, consistency and individual brilliance must have seen Manchester City’s Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast on Thursday, win the 2013 African Player of the Year for the third time in a row at a CAF Gala ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria.
Many may have described as humiliating after been air-lifted with a club’s chartered jet, It is the first time Mikel was one of the three nominated players voted on by the head coaches of the 41 national teams affiliated to the Confederation of African Football.
After been named in the African select 11 for 2013 at the ceremony, the Nigerian emerging-achiever and Chelsea ace must continued to build an impeccable profile to endear himself to fans and coaches to be voted for the topmost prize at BBC and CAF respectively.
Yaya Toure double win at CAF and BBC Player of the Year in 2013 for the first time ever, means individual brilliance, consistency and impact for club and country could be key to becoming an African Best.