The Joseph Yobo Centenary Game scheduled for May 27 to celebrate the retirement of the former Super Eagles captain from football has another English Premier League star, Chelsea Captain John Terry, slated to grace the event.
Terry last weekend confirmed his availability for the game to Yobo. Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney are among the other international footballers expected from Europe.
Also confirmed for the match are top African players like Samuel Eto’o Fils, the Ayew Brothers, Dede and Jordan, Sulley Muntari, Djibrin Cisse and Tresor Lualua amongst others.
Coordinator of the Centenary Game, Waidi Akanni, expressing his delight at Terry’s availability said;
“We are really excited by the confirmation of John Terry for the Yobo Centenary Game in Port Harcourt. He’s one big player that is very popular here in the country because of England and Chelsea’s large followership in Nigeria.”
Akanni, a former Super Eagles player stressed that the Yobo’s testimonial has continued to generate interests from past and present players from around the world.
According to Akanni, in the course of Yobo’s career that saw him clock 100 caps for Nigeria, he built so much goodwill around Europe. Anywhere his name is mentioned, people remember him with fond memories.
John Terry is Chelsea’s most successful captain, having led them to four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one UEFA Champions League title since 2004.
He is one of five players to have made over 500 appearances for Chelsea and is also the club’s all-time highest scoring defender.
In 2007, he became the first captain to lift the FA Cup at the new Wembley Stadium in Chelsea’s 1–0 win over Manchester United, and also the first player to score an international goal there, scoring a header in England’s 1–1 draw with Brazil.
The centre back captained the English national football team, the Three Lions, between August 2006 and February 2010, and again from March 2011 to February 2012.
Proprietor of FC IfeanyiUbah, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, is said to be one of the fully committed supporters for the Centenary Game.
In preparation for the Centenary Game, the Joseph Yobo Foundation is working in partnership with the Rivers State Government at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in the Garden City.