Not minding the tight security at the venue of this year edition of CAF award, the lovers of the round leather game, football, were in high spirit before the announcement of the winner of the award African Footballer of the year. Perhaps out of patriotism, an average Nigerian prefers Mikel Obi of Chelsea to average tops. The country is usually united whenever the national team is on duty while status and ego fade off, this came to fore when Yaha Toure of Cote d’Ivoire was announced as the African Footballer of the year 2013. The supposedly gentle and calm fans that were gathered outside the venue unanimously went wild by booing Issa Hayatou, the President of Confederation of African Football, CAF. Their annoyance was that he influences the decision and voting portion of the body. It took the intervention of the determinant of police and reinforcement before he was smuggled out of Eko Hotel and suites venue of the event. All the same, Hayatou was quoted to have commended the sponsor of the event for a world class event put together for the game of soccer.
Nigeria, however won in other five categories, namely the best team, having won the nations cup, the best coach, most promising player, best supporters club.