Living legend Joseph Yobo takes deserved bow

Living legend Joseph Yobo takes deserved bow
Triumphant Yobo flanked by Mikel and Ejide at 2013 AFCON

by Samm Audu

Friday May 27, 2016. 10:18

Former Nigeria skipper Joseph Yobo will today say goodbye to the sport that has made him rich and famous when a testimonial is staged in his honour in Port Harcourt.

After 101 caps for Nigeria and distinguished stints at Everton, Fenerbache, Norwich City and Olympique Marseille, ‘Captain fantastic’ Yobo has made his own mark in world football.

The 35-year-old central defender was the first Nigeria star to win a century of caps, played in all of Everton 38 league matches in the 2006/07 season and played at three World Cups – 2002, 2010 and 2014 – and six AFCONs.

After several near misses at the AFCON, this record man finally stood on the podium to lift the 2013 edition of the tournament.

“I am privileged to be the first Nigerian player to make FIFA’s exclusive Century Club. I feel so glad to have reached that milestone for my country,” he said.

“The younger ones should give the national team all their best.

“It is a privilege to be deemed worthy to wear the national colours in a country of over 170 million people.”

He said he hopes Nigeria regain their place at the top after a recent slump.

“Things are not going so well at the moment but it is also time for the players to take it upon themselves and rise to the occasion,” he challenged.

“I have a strong belief that this generation will even be greater given the abundance of young talented players coming through the ranks and the youth teams.

“I am happy the NFF has paid enough attention to the age-group teams. That is the way to go. There will never be shortage of talents. Watch out for the Super Eagles in future. A solid foundation is being laid.”

Nigeria international Ahmed Musa said Yobo deserves to be celebrated, while the country’s sports minister Solomon Dalung said the Super Eagles will miss the leadership and charisma of this living legend.

"The good thing is that you are being celebrated while you are alive. At least, you will know that all your labour was not in vain for Nigeria," remarked Dalung

YOBO’S 101 INTERNATIONAL CAPS

1. 24/3/01 Zambia  ACNq  (Chingola)   1-1

2. 21/4/01 Sierra Leone WCq (Freetown)     0-1

3. 5/5/01   Liberia    WCq   (Port Harcourt)   2-0

4. 2/6/01   Madagascar  ACNq (Benin)  1-0

5. 16/6/01 Namibia ACNq  (Windhoek)   2-0

6. 1/7/01   Sudan    WCq   (Omdurman) 4-0

7. 29/7/01  Ghana  WCq   (Port Harcourt) 3-0

8. 12/1/02  Cote d’Ivoire F (Bouake)         1-1

9. 21/1/02  Algeria  ACN   (Bamako)             1-0

10. 24/1/02 Mali    ACN   (Bamako)                0-0

11. 28/1/02 Liberia ACN (Mopti)                  1-0

12.3/2/02 Ghana  ACN  (Bamako)               1-0

  1. 7/2/02 Senegal ACN (Bamako)              1-2
  2. 9/2/02 Mali  ACN    (Mopti)                    1-0
  3. 17/4/02 Scotland  F (Aberdeen)               2-1
  4. 16/5/02 Ireland    F  (Dublin)                     2-1
  5. 2/6/02 Argentina WC (Ibaraki)                  0-1
  6. 7/6/02 Sweden   WC  (Kobe)                     1-2
  7. 12/6/02 England  WC (Osaka)                   0-0
  8. 29/3/03 Malawi ACNq (Blantyre)             1-0
  9. 30/5/03 Ghana LG Cup (Abuja)                3-1
  10. 1/6/03  Cameroun LG Cup (Lagos) (scored)3-0
  11. 26/7/03 Venezuela F (Watford)                1-0
  12. 27/1/04 Morocco ACN (Monastir)            0-1
  13. 31/1/04 South Africa ACN (Monastir)(Scored)4-0
  14. 4/2/02 Benin     ACN     (Sfax)                      2-1
  15. 8/2/04  Cameroun ACN (Monastir)            2-1
  16. 11/2/04 Tunisia ACN  (Rades)                    3-6 (pen)
  17. 13/2/04 Mali ACN        (Monastir)              2-1
  18. 5/6/04  Rwanda     WCq (Abuja)                2-0
  19. 20/6/04 Angola      WCq (Luanda)               0-1
  20. 3/7/04 Algeria   WCq   (Abuja)  (scored)   1-0
  21. 9/10/04 Gabon  WCq   (Libreville)         1-1
  22. 26/3/05 Gabon WCq  (Port Harcourt)  2-0
  23. 5/6/05  Rwanda WCq  (Kigali)                1-1
  24. 18/6/05 Angola WCq  (Kano)                 1-1
  25. 17/8/05 Libya  F    (Tripoli)                       1-0
  26. 4/9/05 Algeria WCq (Oran)                    5-2
  27. 8/10/05 Zimbabwe WCq (Abuja)            5-1
  28. 23/1/06 Ghana ACN (Port Said)            1-0
  29. 27/1/06 Zimbabwe ACN (Port Said)      2-0
  30. 31/1/06  Senegal  ACN (Port Said)         2-1
  31. 4/2/06  Tunisia  ACN (Port Said)            6-5 (pen)
  32. 7/2/06 Cote d’Ivoire ACN (Alexandria)  0-1
  33. 9/2/06 Senegal ACN (Cairo)                    1-0
  34. 2/9/06 Niger ACNq (Abuja)                    2-0
  35. 8/10/06 Lesotho ACNq (Maseru)        1-0
  36. 6/2/07 Ghana F   (London)                 1-4
  37. 24/3/07 Uganda ACNq (Abeokuta)    1-0
  38. 2/6/07  Uganda ACNq (Kampala)      1-2
  39. 8/9/07 Lesotho ACNq (Warri)         2-0
  40. 21/1/08 Cote d’Ivoire ACN(Sekondi)    0-1
  41. 25/1/08  Mali  ACN (Sekondi)     0-0
  42. 29/1/08 Benin ACN  (Sekondi)     2-0
  43. 3/2/08  Ghana  ACN (Accra)          1-2
  44. 27/5/08 Austria F  (Graz)                1-1
  45. 1/6/08 South Africa WCq (Abuja)   2-0
  46. 7/6/08 Sierra Leone WCq (Freetown)(scored)1-0
  47. 14/6/08 Eq.Guinea WCq (Malabo) (scored)  1-0
  48. 21/6/08 Eq.Guinea WCq (Abuja)              2-0
  49. 11/10/08 Sierra Leone WCq (Abuja)         4-1
  50. 11/2/09 Jamaica F   (London)              0-0
  51. 29/6/09 Tunisia WCq (Rades)        0-0
  52. 6/9/09 Tunisia WCq (Abuja)         2-2
  53. 11/10/09 Mozambique WCq(Abuja) 1-0
  54. 14/11/09 Kenya WCq (Nairobi)     3-2


67.6/1/10 Zambia F (Durban)            0-0

  1. 12/1/10 Egypt ACN (Benguela)  1-3
  2. 16/1/10 Benin ACN (Benguela)     1-0
  3. 25/5/10 Saudi Arabia F (Austria)  0-0
  4. 6/6/10 North Korea F (Jo’burg)  3-1
  5. 12/6/10 Argentina WC (Jo’burg) 0-1
  6. 17/6/10 Greece WC (Blomfoentin) 1-2
  7. 22/6/10 South Korea WC (Durban) 2-2
  8. 7/9/10 Madagascar ACNq (Calabar) 2-0
  9. 10/10/10 Guinea ACNq (Conakry) 0-1
  10. 9/2/11 Sierra Leone F (Lagos)    2-1
  11. 27/3/11 Ethiopia ACNq (Abuja) 4-0
  12. 29/3/11 Kenya F (Abuja)  3-0
  13. 1/6/11 Argentina F (Abuja)   4-1
  14. 5/6/11 Ethiopia ACNq(Addis Ababa)(scored)2-2
  15. 4/9/11 Madagascar ACNq (Antanarivo)(scored)2-0
  16. 8/10/11 Guinea ACNq (Abuja)  2-2
  17. 11/10/11 Ghana F (London)   0-0
  18. 12/11/11 Botswana F (Benin)   0-0
  19. 15/11/11 Zambia F (Kaduna)   2-0
  20. 28/2/12 Rwanda ACNq (Kigali) 0-0
  21. 8/9/12 Liberia ACNq (Monrovia) 2-2
  22. 9/1/13 Cape Verde F (Faro) 0-0
  23. 21/1/13 Burkina Faso ACN(Nespruit) 1-1
  24. 25/1/13 Zambia ACN (Rosenburg)   1-1
  25. 3/2/13 Cote d’Ivoire ACN (Durban) 2-1
  26. 6/3/13 Mali ACN (Jo’burg)   4-1
  27. 10/2/13 Burkina Faso ACN (Jo’burg) 1-0
  28. 28/5/14 Scotland F (London)    2-2
  29. 4/6/14 Greece F (Philadelphia)  0-0
  30. 7/6/14 USA  F  (Florida)  1-2
  31. 16/6/14 Iran WC (Curitiba) 0-0
  32. 21/6/14 Bosnia WC (Cuiaba) 1-0
  33. 25/6/14 Argentina WC (Porto Alegri) 2-3


101 30/6/14 France   WC (Brasilia) 0-2

 




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