"The Ivorian pair of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba make the final three for a second successive year and will be joined by John Obi Mikel of Nigeria," the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on their website.

The 30-year-old Toure won the award in 2011 and 2012.

Compatriot Didier Drogba, 35, who plays for Turkish club Galatasaray, has also won the award twice, in 2006 and 2009.

It is the first time that 26-year-old Chelsea midfielder Mikel has made the final three.

The 2013 winner will be announced at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, on January 9.