Mikel might be Crowned the 2013 CAF African Footballer of the Year today

Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel is the only non Ivorian in the final shortlist of candidates for the CAF African Footballer of the year award which is scheduled to be announced today at a gala in Lagos, Nigeria. He's joined on the final shortlist by the Cote D’Ivoire pair of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba.

The three superstars emerged finalists for the award after CAF dropped the Nigerian trio of Vincent Enyeama, Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa, Egyptian veteran Mohamed Aboutreika, Burkinabe midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa, Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan and Gabon’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang from the previous list of 10 players on last week.

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.