By Adebayo Williams
Former Flying Eagles midfielder, Etim Esin has said that the Super Eagles’ players in the race for the CAF Africa Player of the Year award are not good enough. CAF released a list of 30 players to be considered for this year’s awards and included Mikel Obi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa.
Esin is of the opinion that the players have had minimal impact at their clubs saying Iheanacho needed time to develop. He told Complete Sports that Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez had the best chance of winning the award. He said the Algerian had helped his club, Leicester City to an impossible Premier League win last season. He stated that Mahrez could be considered since it had been long a North African won the award.
“For Iheanacho I think it’s still too early,” former Super Eagles midfielder said.
“Mikel has tried, he came second behind Yaya Toure. And for Musa, is he playing regularly? Has he scored for Leicester? The answer is no.
“Iheanacho has a future, he is still an up and coming star. The best bet would have been Iheanacho but he still has to improve. Let’s give him one or two years, he might be up there.”
The list comprises of Algeria and Leicester City forward, Riyad Mahrez, current Africa Player of the Year, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund, Cote d’ Ivoire and Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly and Mohamed Salah of Egypt and AS Roma. Nigeria duo of Chisom Chikatara and Mfon Udoh were nominated for African Player of the Year Based in Africa.