Victor Ikpeba, the 1997b African Footballer of the year , has listed the super Eagles’ ace players Victor Moses, Mikel Obi, Emmanuel Emenike and Sunday Mba as contenders for the continent’s best player for this year.
Ikpeba said the performance of these players in the recently concluded Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa made them strong contenders for the honour.
”I think it’s time for Nigeria to win the African player of the year after our winning of AFCON 2013. And I think four players Victor Moses, Mikel Obi, Emmanuel Emenike and Sunday Mba can win the title,” he said.
The ex- Eagles’s star, who is on the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), warned the Eagles to live beyond winning the African Cup of Nation but to try sustain their various good positions in their clubs.
”Winning the Nations Cup is not enough for you to win the African footballer of the year, so I must warn these players that they need to continue the good run in their clubs,” he added.
Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure is the current African Footballer of the Year, while Nigerians who had won the prestigious Award in the past included: Nwankwo Kanu, Emmanuel Amuneke and Rashidi Yekini.
The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) have fixed January 9 for the CAF Award gala, while Lagos has been picked as host city for the Award.