Nigeria international, John Obi Mikel has expressed his pride at being named on the shortlist for the 2016 CAF African Player of the Year award.
The midfielder has been included on the 30-man list as recognition for his performances with Dream Team VI and Chelsea in 2016.
Been nominated for the prestigious honour, John Mikel Obi will be joining the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Samuel Eto’o and Riyad Mahrez in being recognised.
Mikel led the Nigeria U23 team to win the 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medal in Brazil, scoring Dream Team VI’s first goal against Denmark in the quarter final.
The midfielder, who finished second behind Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure in the 2013 edition, wrote on Twitter: “Proud for Nigeria to be nominated for CAF African Footballer of the Year along with Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa.”
CAF recently shortlisted the Nigeria’s English Premiership trio of Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho among other African players that include Algeria’s and Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez among others for the prestigious CAF African player of the year for 2016.
The winner of the gong will be announced at a ceremony in Abuja on January 5, 2017.
See full list of nominees for 2016 CAF African Player of the year award
The 2016 CAF African Player of the Year shortlist
Ahmed Musa (Nigeria & Leicester City)
Andre Ayew (Ghana & West Ham)
Aymen Abdennour Tunisia & Valencia)
Benjamin Mounkandjo (Cameroon & Lorient)
Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal)
Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Algeria & Dinamo Zagreb)
Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United)
Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)
Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City)
Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs)
John Mikel Obi (Nigeria & Chelsea)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)
Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria & Manchester City)
Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania & Genk)
Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus)
Mohamed El Neny (Egypt & Arsenal)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Dortmund)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)
Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon & Antalyaspor)
Serge Aurier (Cote d’Ivoire & PSG)
Victor Wanyama (Kenya & Tottenham)
Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia & Sunderland)
William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club)
Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo & Everton)
Yao Kouasi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ (Cote d’Ivoire & Hebei Fortune)