Retired Nigerian international Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has tipped Yaya Toure of Manchester City to clinch the African Footballer of the Year when the winner is announced next month ahead of compatriots, Vincent Enyeama and Ahmed Musa.
“Musa has his own qualities, but in my opinion, Yaya Toure is the best African player, he is on course to win the title logically,” said Okocha, who is the head of the Nigeria Football Federation Technical Study Group.
Also former Nigeria international, Garba Lawal has said Cote d’Ivoire player, Toure is worthy to be named 2014 African player of the year.
Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure was decorated African Player of the Year for the third time at the last edition held in Lagos and is a strong contender for a fourth crown.
According to Lawal, it will be a miracle to see the duo of Ahmed Musa and Vincent Enyeama beat the in-form Elephants’ captain to the honour.
“Though, I won’t be among the voters, I really think the winner should be Yaya Toure. I’ve been watching him week in week out and his performance tells it all. That is my opinion,” Lawal told Goal.
“Toure has been in impressive form for Manchester City, but as a Nigerian, I would like to see Enyeama win it but that would be very difficult,” he added.
“For Ahmed Musa, we don’t get to see him play in the Russian league which might be a minus for him but for Vincent, we see him play but his team Lille has been struggling.
“On the other hand, we see Yaya every time on television for his club both in the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. That is a big plus for him because his performance(s) can easily be accessed and rated.
“Musa and Enyeama have done well in the outgoing year but odds are against any of them to win in. That is the truth about the whole thing,” he concluded.
Kanu Nwankwo is the last Nigerian to be named Africa’s best after seeing off challenge from Ghana’s Samuel Kuffour and Cote d’Ivoire’s Ibrahima Bakayoko to emerge victorious in 1999.