Mikel, Moses Battle Toure For BBC Award

Super Eagles stars, John Mikel Obi of Chelsea FC of England, and Liverpool’s Victor Moses have been nominated for this year’s BBC African Footballer of the year award.
The two players, who are expected in the Nigerian camp in Calabar ahead of weekend’s World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia, made the list of nominees which included Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure, Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon.
The winner, who will be unveiled on 2 December, will be decided by African football fans via SMS.
Mikel and Moses both featured for Nigeria at the 2013 African Cup of Nations, which the eagles won for the first time in 19 years.
Mikel, 26, also won the Europa League with Chelsea, while 2013 was the year he finally scored a goal for the Blues, that coming in his 185th game.
Goals have flowed more readily for 22-year-old Moses, as the winger hit six for Chelsea in 2013 before his move to Liverpool on loan, where he scored on his debut in September.
Toure appears to be the most potent of the three English Premier League players on the list. The Ivorian, 30, has bagged 12 goals so far in 2013, including some exquisite free-kicks, but his country failed to lift the Nations cup in South Africa.
Aubameyang, 24, has been in prolific form over the past year ending the 2012-13 season with 19 goals for St-Etienne, which put him second in the list of top scorers in the French Ligue 1, while he also helped them win the French Cup to claim his first trophy as a professional.
Those performances earned him a summer transfer to Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund, and he has already scored seven goals in 11 games for the German side.
Pitroipa’s biggest highlights came on the international stage as the 27-year-old winger was named player of the tournament at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, helping Burkina Faso surprise everyone by reaching the final, which Nigeria won, courtesy of Sunday Mba’s clinical finish.


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