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MIKEL WAS ROBBED WITHOUT A GUN!


What a title! Actually that was the conclusion of a friend I was discussing with earlier this morning.
But talking factually could that be right? Was Mikel really better in 2013?

First of I think the major problem is that most people do not really understand the criteria for winning the prestigious prize.

But let’s get back in time a bit into 2013, Mikel won two major trophies (the Europa cup and the prestigious Africa Nations Cup), Yaya on the other hand won nothing for the year 2013.
First of let’s consider the Europa cup, would you say Mikel Obi was a major contributor to Chelsea winning that award? For me, I don’t think so that not to say he didn’t contribute at all.

As for the Africa Nations Cup, I won’t argue, he (Mikel Obi) was a major contributor. He organized the midfield pack very well, had eyes for intelligent passes but never had his name on the score sheet. Back to Yaya, the same could be said of him with regards to team play, intelligent passes, organizing the midfield pack and so on. On that level I think they were at par.

Now let’s take a look at goal scoring and assist both at club level and country level. It is obvious that Mikel Obi is no match for Yaya on those grounds. In the last ANC, Mikel had two assist but no goal, but Yaya had one goal and one assist. But going to club level, there is no basis of comparison. Yaya has hit the back of the net 13 times with four assist (in all competitions) contrary to Mikels 2 goals and 1 assist (in all competitions).

Talking critically about pass accuracy, confidence with the ball, team contribution, vision to create goals and even regular first team appearance, Yaya wins them all.


Finally the Africa Footballer of the Year award is not given based on just the above facts alone; there is a period of voting that allows Africans select their best. I cannot categorically state how sincere and honest the process goes, but as for me I think the award “Africa Best Footballer of the year” for the year 2013 was given to the right recipient.
I can emphatically state that Mikel Obi was not robbed; all I would say to our beloved Mikel is “do better this year”...and congrats to the 3rd time in a row reigning footballer of Africa.

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