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Gov. Wike, Uba, international football, Nollywood stars colour Yobo’s testimonial match in P/H; ‘I’m satisfied with my career’

Kanu Nwankwo, Joseph Yobo, and Austin Okocha
Kanu Nwankwo, Joseph Yobo, and Austin Okocha
Former captain of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo, brought his playing career to a close, Friday evening, with a testimonial match played in his honour at the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The match which featured Team Nigeria taking on Team World ended 5-4 in favour of the former in front of over 10,000 spectators who thronged the stadium to see the ex-international bow out from active football.
Emmanuel Emenike scored a hat-trick for Team Nigeria, which had Austin Jay Jay Okocha pulling the strings.
Former Everton and Manchester United boss, David Moyes, took charge of Team World, that boasted stars like Samuel Eto’o, Stephen Appian and Sulley Muntari.
The Joseph Yobo Foundation organised the event in conjunction with the Rivers State Government to honour the player who had a record 101 caps for the Super Eagles.
Coordinated by ex-international, Waidi Akanni, the testimonial match featured Tressor Lua Lua, the Ayew Brothers: Dede and Jordan, Sulley Muntari, John Terry on the foreign list.
Rivers State governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike; Chairman, Capital Oil and Gas Plc and President, FC Ifeanyi Ubah; football legends, Nollywood stars, were also at the stadium.
After the match, Yobo, expressed satisfaction with his football career which has taken him to a plethora of both foreign and home-based clubsides.
Fielding questions from journalists, Yobo however, acknowledged that injuries hindered him from making a curtain call last year.
“It feels great. It is a big blessing to be in this position and I’m thankful to God,” Goal quoted the ex-Super Eagles captain as saying to journalists.
“It is very emotional but I’m very happy. My family members are here to see me one more time and that makes me feel good.
“Injury had denied me from announcing my final retirement and this is the first time that I’m returning to the play after a year. I’m grateful to David Moyes, Samuel Eto’o and everyone that came to support – they made my day.”
Yobo who made his senior international debut against Zambia in a 2002 AFCON qualifier, said he is satisfied with everything he has achieved, while expressing uncertainty on what the future holds after football.
“I’m very satisfied with my career,” he continued: “It takes only the grace of God to achieve what Joseph Yobo has done; three Africa Nations Cup and three World Cup appearances says it all.
“I don’t know how I made 101 caps for Nigeria, I’m thankful to God. Going forward, everything is possible and I’m taking it one step at a time,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Dr Tammy Danagogo, a former Minister of Sports, has called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to engage talents like Joseph Yobo, Nwankwo Kanu and Austin Okocha in youth football.
Danagogo said in Port Harcourt on Saturday that the former internationals would serve as inspiration to the youth who want to pick up a career in football.
According to him, having served the country very well, the federation should not allow the talents to waste.
“My concern is that players like Kanu Nwankwo, Joseph Yobo and Austin Okocha, this country must not allow them to waste.
“Most of them are in their early forties. They are at the stage where the country truly needs to engage them,” he said.
Danagogo stated that it was up to the Federal Government, Ministry of sports and NFF to think out ways and means of engaging them.
“ When I was in the sports ministry, we were working on a committee that will not just put their names on the sports hall of fame, but on how to have a fund that will engage them if they want to be trained as coaches or not,” he said.
Danagogo said the former internationals still had a lot to offer the country and should be well engaged, especially to train future stars.
On the Yobo testimonial match, the former minister said it was good for the country that he was being honoured.
He said that as the most capped player in the country, Yobo deserved to be praised and honoured by the country.
He called on other state governments to appreciate other sportsmen and women that brought honours to the country.

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