The midfielder said he bore no grudge about missing the 2014 edition of the award
Super Eagles and Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, has expressed gratitude to his fans in Nigeria and abroad, who supported and prayed for him to win the 2013 GLO-CAF Africa Player of the Year. The award was clinched by Ivorian midfielder, Yahaya Toure.
Mikel, who was the runner-up, thanked telecommunications giant, Globacom Telecommunications for putting up a spectacular ceremony that was entertaining and fun-filled.
He said in a statement he remained positive he would soon win the top award.
“It is just like in every football match. In every game someone has to win, and Toure won this time. Mikel still has more glorious years ahead of him, the Brasil 2014 World Cup is around the corner and many championships are ahead of him; he will surely be crowned African best soon,” a statement by his manager and agent, Olatunji John Shittu, said.
Mikel said he was overwhelmed by the support of Nigerians at home and abroad, and others who voted for him and supported him in his quest to be crowned the African Player of the Year.
“It’s a great joy that what I do week in, week out for my great club Chelsea and my beloved country Nigeria is appreciated by millions of people worldwide,” the statement said.
Mikel said he would have loved to have an interactive session with his fans, who he believed are his best friends, after the Thursday night ceremony but for the call to duty.
Mikel left immediately after the ceremony because Chelsea was billed to play Hull City Football Club in the English Premier League last Saturday. He later took part in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat of Hull City.
On the GLO-CAF Award, the statement wished the winner Toure well, asserting that Mikel’s time will come soon.
Many football aficionados believed that Mikel who achieved more than any other African footballer in the season under review should have won the award.
In CAF’s biggest and most prestigious championship, the African Nations Cup, Mikel, representing Nigeria’s Super Eagles, defeated Toure and the Ivorian in the quarter-final. Mikel went on to inspire the Super Eagles to win the championship.