The most decorated African player of all time, Samuel Eto’o Fils, along with some other top footballers from Africa and Europe are to be honoured at the Joseph Yobo Centenary Game scheduled for May 27 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The event planned to celebrate the retirement of the former Super Eagles captain from the beautiful game is bankrolled majorly by the Rivers State government with support from a few other firms.
Yobo who met with the Camerounian superstar at his Antalyaspor club in Turkey at the weekend confirmed that Eto’o along with outgoing Chelsea captain, John Terry, are going to be honoured for their contributions to the game.
“Joseph Yobo met with Samuel Eto’o over the weekend in Europe and the Camerounian reconfirmed that he is coming to Port Harcourt to be part of Yobo’s testimonial as well as personally receive the award planned for him,” observed the Coordinator of the Yobo Centenary Game, Waidi Akanni.
Akanni who is also a former Super Eagles player revealed that the coming of Eto’o and all the other big European and African players to Port Harcourt is creating a buzz in the Garden City.
“Our chief host, the Rivers State Governor, His Excellency, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, is very enthusiastic of receiving all the football superstars coming to Port Harcourt. He has promised us that everyone coming to the Rivers State capital is going to leave with a lasting memory,” revealed Akanni.
After an illustrious career with top clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Everton and others, Eto’o currently plays as a striker for Turkish club Antalyaspor.
He won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. He was third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005. Eto’o scored over 100 goals in five seasons with Barcelona, and is also the record holder in number of appearances by an African player in La Liga.