Yaya Touré success Provokes controversy
“If You were a Coach/Manager with your job on the line and for the most important Game of your career, you had to choose between John Obi Mikel and Yaya Touré to help you win and save your team and your job, whom would you Pick, sentiments aside? ”
As I opened the sealed Envelope to reveal and announce the Winner of the Prestigious African Player of the year Award, I sensed and knew there and then that it was going to provoke an immediate controversy!
Declaring Yaya Touré as the winner in contrast to the in-house crowd favourite (John Obi Mikel) all hell was let loose as Nigerians felt they had been robbed one way or the other! Justified?
Information reaching me (though un0confirmed)was that Yaya Touré had 373 votes against Mikel’s 265 to win the CAF Player of the Year Award again for a third consecutive year!
The Controversy : Does Yaya Touré deserve the accolade in a 2013 year where he won no silverware both for club and country?
Three players were short listed for Africa’s most prestigious individual award: Didier Drogba,John Obi Mikel and Eventual Winner,Yaya Touré of Manchester City!
Arguments For John Obi Mikel
At the National team level,2013 was the best year for Mikel. He was instrumental as Nigeria rode on along to win the AFCON in South Africa. Defeating Yaya Touré led Ivory Coast at the Quarter Finals!
He helped his clubside,Chelsea, to the European League club title and though at the second part of the year was not a full regular player in the starting Eleven of Chelsea has managed to end the year on a high as he regained a more prominent role back in the team!
Mikel was Nigeria’s best performer at the Summer Confederations Cup held in Brazil as he put up a 5 star performance most especially against Spain at the group contest!
Obi Mikel led Nigeria to the world cup 2014 qualification in Brazil and though a sentimental argument as against factual, many feel as the awards were being held in Lagos (Nigeria) Mikel should have been voted winner!
Arguments For Yaya Touré
No Yaya Toure, no Manchester City, no competitive Ivory Coast senior National Team!
Yaya is by far the most highly regarded African player in the world today! You just have to see the look of desperation and fear on the faces of his coaches, team mates and supporters each time he falls down and is thought to be injured!
Yaya Touré scored four goals as Ivory coast booked its third consecutive world cup ticket( Brazil 2014) .
Yaya scored at the Nations Cup 2013 in South Africa one of the best goals of the tournament and was one of the rare “positives” of his team at the AFCON 2013!
At the club level (Manchester City)week in week out he is instrumental in their success. Assistant captain of his team and though a Defensive midfielder, is one of the highest goal scorers of Man. City.
He is responsible for dictating the tempo and play of his team, takes and scores free kicks often, leads by example and is not only “African Strong” but is also “African Fast” in pace.
Had Yaya not been in the Manchester City Line up last football season, they would not have reached this seasons champions league football where he is currently excelling, his performances made the difference!
Both players deserve to be crowned Africa’s best, but there can only be one winner and the votes separated these two World class players.
This accolade is aimed at a players’ performance and not a team’s success otherwise the category of team of the year would be scrapped, so team success takes backstage here.
However, it is important the role a player plays in elevating his team to winning titles and attaining set objectives.
It also does not matter where and how the player plays as it is aimed at the player who is best worldwide and is African! George Weah won this honours twice whilst not having played at the AFCON events as his country failed to Qualify!
Yaya Touré was voted BBC African Player of the year 2013 voted by the fans and says a lot in my view!
In all, though out of sentiments many, myself inclusive would have loved to see this amazing year 2013 end with a Nigerian crowned as African Player of the year, we have to accept the votes and Yaya Touré as Africa’s best as the voters decided!
Yaya is quite an extra-ordinary player and John Obi Mikel should take solace from the fact that he was beaten by one of the best players in the world at the moment at the very top of his game!