Nigerian football fans are excited over the nomination of five of the nation’s top players for the 2013 edition of the Glo CAF Awards scheduled for Lagos on January, 9th, 2014. It is the highest for any country.
The Confederation of African Football recently released the list of twenty five African players shortlisted for the prestigious soccer award. The five Nigerian footballers on the list include Mikel Obi of Chelsea, England, Emmanuel Emenike of Fernabache, Turkey, Vincent Enyeama of Lille in France, Ahmed Musa of CSKA, Moscow and Sunday Mba of Warri Wolves, Nigeria.
Since it was released, the list has been generating enthusiasm among football-loving Nigerians, with the majority of them looking forward to one of the shortlisted five players winning the award in January, 2014.
Their position may have been driven by the players’ performances in their various clubs and the national team within the period under review.
A football enthusiast, William Atugbe believed that “Mikel Obi stands a good chance of picking the Best African Football Player of the Year Award, having won the last African Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles. He has also been very outstanding in Chelsea’s midfield this year and won the Europa Cup with the team. I strongly believe that a Nigerian will be lucky this time around to win the Glo CAF Award.”