Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel is hoping to be crowned Africa’s best player at the Confederation of African Football awards today. The Chelsea midfielder is vying for the prestigious award with the Ivorian pair of Yaya Toure of English Premier League rivals Manchester City, and Didier Drogba, from Turkish club, Galatasaray.
“It is an honour to be selected and nominated for the award. I am looking forward to winning it for my country,” Mikel, who had twice been voted Africa’s best young player, told AFP by phone from London.
The 26-year-old helped Nigeria win a third Africa Cup of Nations in February last year and also qualified Nigeria for a fifth World Cup finals in November.
He also won a first-ever UEFA Europa League title for his club side.
Rashidi Yekini, Emmanuel Amuneke and Victor Ikpeba had previously won the CAF player of the year award, but former Arsenal ace Nwankwo Kanu was the last Nigeria star to clinch it in 1999.
Mikel said his plans is to visit Nigeria’s financial capital, Lagos, for Thursday evening’s awards.
“I am coming for the CAF awards. I will be flown in and out of Nigeria by the Chelsea jet. I will arrive on the awards day and return immediately after,” Mikel disclosed.
Chelsea, currently third in the English Premier League behind Arsenal and Manchester City, are away to Hull City on Saturday.
Nigeria midfielder, Mikel Obi will be specially flown in and out of Lagos by the jet of his EPL club, Chelsea for the CAF Awards on Thursday.
Mikel had been nominated for the prestigious African Footballer of the Year award 2013 alongside Yaya Toure(Manchester City and Cote d’Ivoire) and Didier Drogba(Galatasaray and Cote d’Ivoire).
“I am coming for the CAF awards, I will be flown in and out of Nigeria by the Chelsea jet. I will arrive on the awards day and return immediately after,” Mikel told MTNFootball.com
“It is an honour to be selected and nominated for the award. I am looking forward to winning it for my country.”
His brothers, Patrick Tochukwu Obi and Ebele Obi, who is a goalkeeper with Nigeria Premier League side Heartland, will accompany him to the event.
Nwankwo Kanu was the last Nigeria star to be named Africa Footballer of the Year by CAF when he won it in 1999.