For Odegbami, either Mikel or Yaya Toure could have been voted the best and will still be considered has been worthy of the honour but unfortunately only one of the two can claim the top prize.
“It was a tough choice and any of the two players could have won, Africa has voted and you cannot fault that, I will only advise Mikel to keep working hard to improve his game, he could win next year” the former national football team captain posited.
On Thursday night in Lagos, Ivorian and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure completed his hat trick of African Footballer of the Year wins as he beat homeboy Mikel Obi to the coveted award.
Yaya who had late last year 2013 also beat Mikel to the BBC Africa Footballer of the Year Award now joins legends like Samuel Eto’o and Abedi Pele who have won the CAF Awards in three consecutive years.
Quite magnanimous in victory, Yaya stated that Mikel indeed also deserves the award but that has not put an end to Nigeria’s 15-year wait to see one of her players crowned as the continent’s best.