By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles goalkeepers trainer Joe Erico says the 2014 African Player of the Year prize should be won by Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama.
The Confederation of Aftican Football on Thursday released a three-man shortlist for the award, with Enyeama joined by current holder of the gong, Yaya Toure of Cote d’ Ivoire and Manchester City ,and Gabon striker Pierre Aubamayang who stars for Bundesliga side, Borrusia Dortmund.
Erico who was in the coaching crew of the Eagles at the 2002 African Cup of Nations bared his mind to Completesportsnigeria.com.
“Enyeama did extremely well for Nigeria and his club, Lille, in the year under review. He has done well in 2014, Erico remarked.
“I expect that he will be rewarded for his form for club and country, but you will expect Yaya Toure to be the favourite to win again. Keepers rarely win such awards.
“Algerian players, for me, would have been deserving to win this but CAF have not named any of them despite a good World Cup outing, ” Erico, fondly called the Jogo Bonito exponent stated.
Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa and Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan missed out although they were initially in the five-man list.
The 2014 Glo-CAF Awards holds in Lagos, Nigeria on 8 January 2015.
Asisat Oshoala and Ejike Uzoenyi are favourites to win both the women award and the best male African-based player prize respectively.