Lagos - Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has tipped
midfielder John Obi Mikel to win the 2013 African Footballer of the Year Award.
The Glo CAF Awards will be presented on Thursday at the Eko
Convention Centre in Lagos. Mikel will compete with holder Yaya Toure and Didier
Drogba who are the final three nominees.
Keshi believes that it’s about time Nigeria returns to the
summit of African football with one of their players winning the coveted
African Player of the Year Award.
The Nigerian coach said it has been a very long time since a
Nigerian won the African Footballer of the Year Crown and he is rooting for
Mikel to emerge the best among the pack.
“It will boost the team and Mikel and all Nigerians because
it has been a long time since we last won the award and I know we deserve to
win this year”, he said.
On whether he will be happy to be named the African Coach of
the Year, Keshi said he will play the wait and see game but added that it will
be a great honour to be so named.