Ahmed Musa slams the BBC African footballer of the year award for snubbing Nigerian players

Ahmed Musa slams the BBC African footballer of the year award for snubbing Nigerian players

Ahmed Musa has criticized the BBC for not including any Nigerian in the list of the 2018 esteemed BBC African footballer of the year award.

The BBC awards which started as the African sports personality award before it was renamed as the African footballer of the year award had no Nigerian player in its 2018 player of the year edition.

Mohammed Salah of Liverpool, Thomas Patey of Atletico Madrid, Sadio Mane of Liverpool, Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli and Medhi Benatia of Juventus are the top five players listed by BBC for the 2018 edition.

The Super Eagles stand-in captain spoke of his disappointment after seeing the list: “For me, I saw the list and I feel unhappy because the players on the list did not even do up to what we did at the World Cup in Russia so It’s politics.

“We don’t have to think about that but as you can see a lot of players are coming up in the team and I hope they will do well and get their name on the CAF Awards list.”

Since the inauguration of the BBC Sports Personality Award/ African Footballer of the Year Award in 1992, only three Super Eagles players have won the award: Emmanuel Amunike in 1996; Kanu Nwankwo in 1997 and 1999; as well as Jay-Jay Okocha in 2003 and in 2004.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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