Chelsea and Nigeria midfielder John Mikel Obi has emerged the Barclays Premier League, BPL African Footballer of the Month for December. The monthly award is organised by the New Africa Soccer Magazine and is open for voting by fans. Mikel beat competition from West Ham’s Camerounian midfielder Alex Song and Sadio Mane of Southampton to win the award. The former Lyn Oslo of Norway midfielder was played pivotal role for Chelsea in the heart of the midfield alongside Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic as the London club topped the league during the period. “Mikel has endured a difficult start to the season, falling down the pecking order in a star-studded Chelsea team that is riding high in the BPL. After all, we all know that no one likes changing a winning team,” Director of the Awards Tunde Adelakun said. Mikel has played 18 matches for Chelsea in all competitions with one goal to boot.