The president of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick, has declared support for the Super Eagles duo of Vincent Enyeama and Ahmed Musa to win the next Confederation of African Football 2014 African Player of the Year Award.
According to the NFF boss, none of the other players on the 25-player shortlist for the top Africa football award has done more than Super Eagles’ stars.
“If we look critically at the list, it would be difficult to see any player who has done more for club and country in the outgoing year than Vincent Enyeama and Ahmed Musa,” he said in a press statement. “Both were in fabulous forms for their clubs – Enyeama with Lille OSC of France and Musa with CSKA Moscow of Russia – during the year, and also played brilliant roles as the Super Eagles reached the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.”
The NFF boss said he was not disrespecting other players on the list of 25.
“I have immense respect for most of the players listed, particularly Toure, Asamoah Gyan of Ghana, and the Algerian trio of Slimani, Feghouli and Brahimi who also steered their team to the Round of 16 at the World Cup,” he said.
“Yet, the exploits of Enyeama and Musa in the outgoing year have been exceptional. Either of them deserves the award.”
The Glo-CAF African Football Awards will take place in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Late Rashidi Yekini (1993), Emmanuel Amuneke (1994), Nwankwo Kanu (1996 and 1999) and Victor Ikpeba (1997) are the only Nigerian players to have won Africa’s top prize.
The Ivorian and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure is the current African Player of the Year having completed a hat trick of wins in Lagos at the last edition.