As the stage gets set to name Glo/Caf African Footballer for 2015, the harrowing pain that flows through the veins of many Nigerians is that no Nigerian footballer is among the top three contenders.
At the gala nite tonight, to be co-hosted by Confederation of African Football CAF and the Telecommunication Giant, Glo would crown a new POTY in the African football circle.
The three contenders are the reigning figure, Yaya Toure of Cote de’ Voir and Manchester City Midfielder, Swansea City Forward, Adrew Ayew of Ghana and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund.
To an average Nigerian, anyone of them could take it, heavens would not fall. Nigerians’ disgust for CAF is that the former Super Eagles Captain, Austin J.J OKOCHA never won the title despite his skills and performance in many major championships.
At a time, Super Eagles Team was built around Okocha and when he failed to play, the team refused to function.
It was clear that his exit out of Super Eagles killed the most dreaded African squad of 1994. Okocha’s exploits in Olympic, Atlanta 1996 won Nigeria a gold medal.
The unluckiest of all having lost narrowly thrice. Jay Jay was top scorer and MVP at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations. He is one of the five Africans in the Fifa greatest 100 footballers short list, yet he never won African Footballer.
With the Glo/Caf award ceremony set to hold on Thursday evening, Nigerians were asked to select their preferred winner and the outcome was a resounding victory for the Gabonese international.
Aubameyang has been in sensational goalscoring form all year long for Borussia Dortmund, and they are second on the Bundesliga log. The forward received over 80% 57.2 per cent of the total votes cast.
Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City ace Yaya Toure , who is eyeing a fifth crown is rated as a massive underdog to retain his title, just ahead of Ghana’s Dede Ayew.