Former Super Eagles striker Victor Ikpeba has stated in clear terms that it will take a ‘miracle’ for the Nigerian duo of Ahmed Musa and Vincent Enyeama to win the 2016 CAF African Footballer of the Year award.
The duo were nominated for the award for a third time in a row, but the Nigerian Federation Technical committee member doesn’t think they have done enough in recent times to nick it.
But rather Ikpeba a recipient of the award in 1997 sees Andre Ayew from the list of 37 players short-listed by CAF as a worthy successor to Yaya Toure who has won it four times in a row.
“It’s going to be a miracle for either of them to win it,” Ikpeba said on Supersports Monday Night football program on Monday.
“Pierre Emerick Auybumeyang and Andre Ayew are my favorites for the award but I’d go with Ayew for the exploits of Ayew with Marseille last season and Swansea this season, he’s my pick for the award.
Ikpeba also warned the Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh not too be carried away by the scintillating 3-0 win over Cameroun in Sunday’s international friendly as he will be judged at the end of the African
Cup of Nations Qualifiers and the World Cup as well.
“It was a good game after the loss to Congo as the Eagles defence was not threatened by the Camerounian attack and the result will build their confidence,”
“But I’m not carried away because Oliseh will be judged at the end of the qualifying campaign.”