Mikel out as CAF shortlists Drogba, Toure, others for awards

Mikel Obi
Mikel Obi

Mikel was named among the best 10 in Africa.

Hopes of having a Nigerian player win the coveted Confederation of African Football‘s Player of the Year award for 2012 was Friday dashed as the country’s sole flag bearer and Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, failed to make the final shortlist.

Mikel, who made it to the last 10, was not included in the final list of five players which include Dede Ayew, Demba Ba, Didier Drogba, Alex Song and Yaya Toure.

Ivory Coast and Manchester City‘s Toure won the accolade last year after a superlative performance that saw his team win the English Premier League.

CAF initially named 34 players who they were considering for the award before cutting that down to 10 names.

The final nominees were decided by votes from the head coaches and technical directors of the football associations affiliated to the African football body.

The 2012 CAF African Footballer of the Year will be crowned at an awards ceremony in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, on December 20.

Former Super Eagles skipper, Kanu Nwankwo, is the last Nigerian player to win the award in 1999 while the late Rashidi Yekini won the maiden edition.

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