Port Harcourt - Former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo at
the weekend officially ended his football career with a testimonial game played
in Port Harcourt.
In the match, Team Nigeria defeated Team World 5-4 in a much
friendly encounter, with Emmanuel Emenike scoring a hat-trick.
Top African football stars like Samuel Eto, Austin Jay Jay
Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Sulley Muntari, Laryea Kingston, Stephen Appiah, Dele
Aiyenugba, Lomana Lualua, Mutiu Adepoju, Vincent Enyeama, and Samson Siasia
among others were present.
Okocha thrilled the sizeable number of fans at the stadium
with his dribbles and skills that brought back the memory of the former Bolton
Captain, and left the spectators wishing for his comeback to the Super Eagles.
Eto too was a delight to watch as he showcased brilliance.
He made a mess of Enyeama to score a beautiful goal that saw the goalkeeper
chase him around, only for them to hug each other in laughter.
A fulfilled Yobo said after the game that he was grateful to
have reached such a milestone in his football career – playing in six Africa
Cup of Nations and three FIFA World Cups.
He has also played for Marseille, Everton, Fenerbahce and
He was the first signing of David Moyes at Everton in 2003,
little wonder the manager was physically present in Port Harcourt.
Yobo became one of the most consistent players in the
Everton squad, and was one of only seven players in the entire league to play
every minute of every game throughout the 2006–07 season; his teammate Joleon
Lescott also being an ever-present throughout the season.
Also read: FIFA congratulates Yobo on testimonial
For the UEFA Cup match against Larissa of Greece on 25
October 2007, Yobo was named as captain in the absence of Phil Neville and thus
became the first African to captain the club. On 6 May 2009, Yobo scored his
first goal of the season against West Ham United to seal a 3–1 win.
Yobo made 100 appearances for the Super Eagles after his
debut against Zambia in a 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier on 24 March 2001, and a
News24 report showed he announced
his international retirement in July 2014.
His testimonial/centenary was however poorly organized as the
kickoff was delayed for almost two hours, and the players only file out to the
pitch when the governor of Rivers State Nyesome Wike, who has been seated for
some time, threatened to leave if the game doesn’t kickoff by 6pm.
Hundreds of fans encroached the pitch at half time, a result
of poor security arrangement.
Yobo will now shift attention to other businesses after
football, perhaps getting a FIFA coaching license for the future, nobody knows.For
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