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
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.