With barely one month to the befitting testimonial match planed to mark the retirement of former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, from football slated for May 27 in Port Harcourt, one of Nigeria’s top businessmen, Dr Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, has thrown his weight behind the project.
The Capital Oil chairman at the weekend endorsed the Yobo Centennial Game and promised to use two of his companies, FC IfeanyiUbah and the Authority Newspaper to be brand ambassadors of the testimonial match.
Coordinator of the Yobo Centennial Game who is also a former Super Eagles player, Waidi Akanni, confirmed Ubah’s magnanimity and his involvement in the plan to give the Ogoni-born former Nigerian captain a befitting send-forth from the Beautiful Game.
“Dr Ifeanyi Ubah has endorsed the Yobo Centennial Game. He has promised to use two of his companies, FC IfeanyiUbah and the Authority Newspaper to be brand ambassadors for the testimonial match,” revealed Akanni yesterday.
While expressing his happiness over the coming of the top businessman to the testimonial project, the former chairman of Lagos State Football Association stressed that Dr Ubah has shown to football loving Nigerians that he is truly a man of the people.
“His long association with the senior national team is legendary. How he supported past testimonials for the likes of Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Taribo West and Nwankwo Kanu remain very fresh in our minds. Dr Ubah remains a father figure for us ex internationals,” observed Akanni who used the occasion to call on other well to do Nigerians to support worthy causes meant to celebrate past footballers who have contributed their quota to make Nigerian sports great.
Some of the corporate bodies who have indicated their support for the Joseph Yobo Centenary Game include, Sifax Group, NICON Insurance and Beko Electronics Ltd.
Meanwhile, some top players from Europe including William Gallas, Louis Saha, Tim Howard and Steven Pienaar have been booked on the flight to Port Harcourt for the Joseph Yobo Centenary Game.
Yobo’s former Everton teammate Wayne Rooney and African greats Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, plus a host of other international football personalities have all shown interests in honouring the former Eagles defender who amassed 100 international caps, scoring seven goals in a career that spanned 13 years.
The testimonial game which is being put together by the Joseph Yobo Foundation in partnership with the Rivers State Government will be an occasion to celebrate a worthy son of the state who had a distinguished career.