This is the first time Mikel is being nominated for the awards and he will attempt to unseat reigning player of the year Toure and former winner Drogba. Both of whom have won the award twice each, with Yaya hoping to make it three consecutive wins.
Mikel is a strong favorite to win the award owing to his strong showing in the 2013 African Cup of Nation where he helped Nigeria win the tournament defeating the ivorians in the semi final. This is enough to help him get a favourable look in by the 53 national team coaches that make up the voting pool.
While the Ivoirians have been immense success at their club sides, they have never been able to replicate their club forms in continental championships. Mikel is the is the only one among the trio that has ever won an Afcon title and that will definitely be an advantage.
We hope and believe the Chelsea Nigerian International will win the award when the gala starts this evening.