Yesterday Yaya Toure was crowned BBC’s African footballer of the year.The Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder, who had been nominated in each of the past four years, beat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi and Jonathan Pitroipa to this year’s crown.
The shortlist for the award was drawn up by 44 football experts across Africa, who based their choices on players’ skill, technical ability, teamwork, consistency and fair play.
A record number of fans then voted for their favourite either online or by text message.
Well while its the fans that vote and clearly Yaya is an amazing and deserving winner I have an issue here, why Mikel Obi did not win the award…not because I believe he is a more skillful player but when you have won the Champions league, Europa league, Premier league, FA cup, League cup for club and the Nations cup and world cup ticket for country, I think you deserve it. In terms of these trophies in recent times, he is way ahead of Toure. It does not matter? Oh yes it does. In recent times I remember when Jayjay Okocha lost it. Achievements at club level and failures of the Super Eagles were given as the reason.
Is it that African viewers are not knowledgeable enough or I am just being patriotic?