Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo is set to join Kano Pillars until the end of the season. The 35-year-old ex-international who announced his retirement in June 2016, reached an agreement with the League Management Company to play for a topflight team as league ambassador.
Though the former Everton star has indicated his interest in playing for the Kano based outfit, the move is on the verge of being completed and he could make his first debut against Sunshine Stars next week. Kano Pillars media officer, Idris Malikawa told Goal.com:
“Joseph Yobo has not been confirmed as our player yet because we are still in talks. We told the League Management Company about our interest to have him in our team and we hope anytime soon, he teams up with us.
”Yobo on his own part wants to play for Kano Pillars and once an agreement has been reached, we will let everyone know.”
Four-time champions Pillars, Ifeanyi Ubah, Akwa United and Wikki were all in the race to sign the ex-Super Eagles defender, who won 101 caps for Nigeria.
The Elite Players Scheme assigns players of international repute to Nigerian club sides in a bid to further improve the quality of the league.
It is also to ensure that elite players bring star quality that will bring fans to stadia during their short stints. Sani Kaita was a beneficiary of the scheme when he joined Enyimba for a three-month stint in 2014.
Pillars are 9th on the NPFL log with 45 points from 31 games.
Joseph Yobo had featured for several clubs in Europe. He played for Standard Liege in Belgium, Everton and Norwich in the English Premier League, Turkish giants Fenerbache, and French side Olympique Marseille.