Okocha okays Yaya Toure to win CAF award
Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Okocha, has tipped Cote d’ Ivoire captain, Yaya Toure, to win the 2014 African Footballer of the Year award ahead of Nigerian duo of Ahmed Musa and Vincent Enyeama.
Musa and Enyeama will have to contend with Ghana captain, Asamoah Gyan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and the current African Footballer of the Year, Yaya Toure.
“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.
Twenty-five players were initially shortlisted before it was trimmed down to five by CAF Technical & Development and the Media Committees.
CAF is expected to release the final shortlist of three for the 2014 African Footballer of the Year before the Glo-CAF Awards in Lagos on 8 January, in Lagos .
The African Footballer of the Year Award, presented to the best African footballer each year, has been conferred by CAF since 1992.
Meanwhile, Okocha also revealed that those countries that qualified for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations merited their places but rued Super Eagles absence from the tournament that will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea .“Those that qualified for the finals have earned it. Concerning Nigeria , it is useless to lament.
“ Nigeria was favored to be among the 16 qualifiers, but this is not the case. We must try to understand what went wrong and correct errors, so that they do not re-occur.” Okocha said.