Was Mikel Obi robbed of African Player award? ‘Yaya won nothing’ Super Eagles legend laments

Was Mikel Obi robbed of African Player award? ‘Yaya won nothing’ Super Eagles legend laments
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John Mikel Obi is the most decorated player in Nigerian history and the former Chelsea midfielder has won almost all the trophies he has competed for.

Mikel Obi is gaining traction with his Obi One podcast, where he has been pouring out his mind on several football issues.

In his latest podcast, where he spoke with Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, he made comments that would likely stir the Hornet's nest. The former Super Eagles midfielder cast aspersions on the integrity of the CAF Awards.

Mikel Obi was commenting on the latest Osimhen issues when he dropped the bombshell.

He alluded to the awards being pre-determined, which is a serious allegation.

Mikel Obi claims he was robbed of award in 2013

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Between 2012 and 2013, Mikel Obi had the greatest seasons of his football career with both club and country. He posted award-worthy performances.

The Chelsea midfielder had looked forward to being crowned with an individual accolade on the continent following his brilliant displays, but alas, it was not to be as it went to Ivorian legend Yaya Toure.

Speaking on his Obi One podcast, the former midfielder reminisced about the incident and labelled it a robbery.

“I thought I was winning it because I had an amazing year. We were winning everything at Chelsea and I was playing most of the games and I won the African Cup of Nations,” the retired midfielder said.


Should Mikel Obi have won the African Player of the Year in 2013

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In 2012, Mikel Obi posted brilliant performances as Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League, beating Bayern Munich in the final.

Didier Drogba may have stolen the shine in the final, but there is no denying Mikel Obi's immense contributions to their victory.

When the Super Eagles and the Elephants of Ivory Coast clashed at the 2013 AFCON, he trumped Toure and Drogba to lead his team to a 2-1 win.

“It was my trophy to win. I won the African Cup of Nations. I won the Champions League the year before and the Europa League in 2013 and Yaya won nothing,” Mikel said.

The former Super Eagles captain said on his podcast that no player had ever won a hattrick of the award, and CAF wanted to create that record.

“The crazy thing was, it was the first time a player would win a hat trick of the award. They had to give it to Yaya,” the ex-midfielder continued.

Mikel Obi said he came to the awards believing he would win the award as the top player on the continent.

“The information was, I was winning it. I was told by CAF I was winning it,” he added

Obi said he hopes Osimhen wins the award, as he had a brilliant season finishing as Serie A Capocannoniere. He also won the Scudetto and was the highest-ranked African player at the Ballon d'Or.

This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).