The 2013 Glo CAF Awards holds today in Lagos where African players who have distinguished themselves in football in the last one year will get their due honours.
The Glo CAF Award is the most prestigious in Africa as it confers honours on outstanding African players, coaches, supporters and administrators. It is organised by the continent’s highest football authority, the Confederation of African Football, and bankrolled by telecoms operator, Globacom.
During the prestigious ceremony, winners in 11 categories, voted for by African coaches and captains of national teams, will be unveiled.
These include the African Footballer of the Year, the African Player of the Year (based in Africa), National Team of the Year, Club of the Year, and Coach of the Year.
Other categories are the Most Promising Talent, Referee of the Year, Legend of the Year, Fair Play Award, Platinum Award and Africa’s Finest XI.
Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure, who plays for Manchester City, is the current African champion and is vying for the award with Mikel Obi, who plays for Nigeria and Chelsea, and Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast and Galatasaray of Turkey.
Opinion polls favoured Mikel to pick the award for being a key part of the Nigerian national team that won the Africa Cup of Nations and the Chelsea team that lifted the Europa League title in 2013. Some pundits also favoured Toure because of the amazing strength of character and skill he displayed each time he played for both club and country.