The Super Eagles’ star was ahead of West Ham’s Cameroonian Alex Song and Southampton striker, Senegalese Sadio Mane in a vote made by the organizers New African Soccer.
Awards director Tunde Adelakun explained:
“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,” -StarAfrica