Former Super Eagles player, Waidi Akanni, has thrown his weight behind plans to honour immediate past captain of the senior Nigerian football team, Joseph Yobo.
Yobo retired from the Super Eagles after chalking 100 caps at senior international level that started with his debut at Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup.
Tagged ‘The Joseph Yobo Centenary Game’ the encounter is being put together by the Joseph Yobo Foundation in partnership with the Rivers State Government
Akanni who was the coordinator of the planned testimonial game before Yobo’s home state-Rivers offered to bankroll the event, told THISDAY at the weekend that the Ogoni-born ex footballer has done enough to be accorded the honour of a testimonial game.
“Yobo remains one of the longest serving player in the history of Nigerian football. Since 2002 when he made his entry to the senior national team, he did not give any excuse to be away from national duty. That alone I believe calls for a good sent forth for him,” reasoned Akanni who is a former chairman of Lagos State Football Association.
He promised that with the plan on ground, the testimonial is going to be one to remember for a long time. “Some of the biggest names in world football who are Yobo’s friends are coming to honour him.
Top football stars like Wayne Rooney, Samuel Eto’O and Yaya Toure are expected to storm Port Harcourt in May for the testimonial game.
The former Everton defender will also on the same day officially launch his foundation.
‘Captain Fantastic’ as Yobo is hailed by hordes of fans across the country captained Eagles to victory at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, before hanging his boots when France elimination Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Yobo is from the Ogoni clan of Rivers State. He made his mark with Michelin of Port Harcourt, Standard Liege of Belgium, Olympique Marseille of France, Everton of England, Fenerbahçe of Turkey and Norwich City of England.