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John Mikel Obi, a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Chelsea and the Nigeria national team has been named the English Premier League’s African Player of the Month of December.
In a statement by the organisers New African Soccer, Mikel was voted and selected ahead of West Ham’s Cameroonian Alex Song and Southampton striker, Senegalese Sadio Mane in a tight vote process.
Awards Director ‘Tunde Adelakun said “as always, it was a difficult choice, but a lot of factors came into consideration before we selected Mikel”.
“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 Premier League. After all, we all know that no one likes changing a winning team. However, the spirit of professionalism which he displayed in waiting for his chance, and taking it well with some solid performances in a difficult month, tipped the award his way this month” Adelakun said.
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