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Ethiopia coach favours Mikel for CAF Award

06 January 2014, 14:31Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Ethiopia senior national team coach, Sewnet Bishaw has favoured Super Eagles midfielder, John Obi Mikel to win the 2013 African Footballer of the Year Award.

The ceremony will be held in Lagos on Thursday with Ivory Coast duo of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba also in contention for the prestigious prize.

Mikel was a key figure in Nigeria’s success in 2013 where he played all games in the Africa Cup of Nations won by Nigeria. He scored a vital goal at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil and also helped the Super Eagles book a ticket to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Bishaw was overwhelmed by Nigeria’s credentials in the year under review, and said it is just proper for a player from the African champions to win the award.

“Nigeria was obviously the best football nation in Africa last year and I won’t be surprised if a player from the country emerges the player of the year”, he said.

“They deserve to get the award”, he said smiling.

The home based Super Eagles defeated their counterpart from Ethiopia 2-1 in a friendly ahead of the African Nations Championship.

- News24


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