The stage is already set in the garden city of Port Harcourt as a testimonial match has been organized in celebration of former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo’s retirement and centenary appearance for the national team.
The ceremonial match is organized by Joseph Yobo Foundation in conjunction with the Rivers State Government, to honour the player, who had a record 101 caps for Nigeria.
As at yesterday, May 26, the coordinator of the event, Waidi Akanni, said about 10 players from various parts of the world were already in town. He said:
“About 10 players from various parts of the world are already in town. Tressor Lua Lua, the Ayew Brothers (Dede and Jordan) and Sulley Muntari are some of the players are already in town.”
“David Moyes and John Terry will arrive in Abuja tomorrow (Friday) before going to Port Harcourt. We are set for this big event.”
Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney are some of the stars being expected to arrive early on Friday for the testimonial match. Nigerian player expected to feature in the match includes Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa, Vincent Enyeama, Samson Siasia, Nwankwo Kanu and Emmanuel Emenike and they are already on ground.
Governor, Nyson Wike, is expected to kick off the encounter with a penalty match against Enyeama at the Adokiye Amesimaka Stadium.
Joseph Yobo, who made the announcement of his retirement from international football in 2014, remains Nigeria’s most capped footballer with 101 appearances since he made his debut in 2001.
He represented Nigeria at both U- 20 and senior levels, captaining the Super Eagles at the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and featuring in six Africa Cup of Nations finals. He has also won a century of caps for the senior team, with his last match being the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 defeat by France in Brasilia in 2014.
Corporate bodies who have indicated their support for the game include, Sifax Group, NICON Insurance and Beko Electronics Ltd.