Former Super Eagles Captain, Yobo Set To Play In Nigeria League


Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, is set to add glamour to the Nigeria League, following an announcement by the League Management Company, LMC, on Tuesday that the 35-year-old will play the last 12 games of the season in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL.

The ex- Super Eagles captain who spent almost a decade at Everton, will play the last 12 games of the season in Nigeria’s domestic competition under a special rule put in place by LMC. The LMC said Yobo had been signed on as League Ambassador and would soon be assigned to one of the four clubs already bidding for his services.

The four clubs bidding to land the former Super Eagles captain and defender includes: Akwa Utd, FC Ifeanyiubah, Kano Pillars and Wikki Tourists. The LMC assured that Yobo will soon be assigned to a club under the NPFL Elite Players Scheme which Sani Kaita benefited from two seasons ago.

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Under the scheme, returning former international players are signed on by the league, and drafted to any club who meet the player’s terms. Former Nigeria midfielder, Sani Kaita was the first high profile player to take part in the scheme.

LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko, said  Yobo’s experience will be vital in developing the league; “To have someone like Yobo, with his achievements in the game and his profile, will no doubt be a boost to the league, and to the players he will help and we are proud to have him,” he said.

Yobo began his football career on the home front almost two decades ago with Michelin FC in Port Harcourt, before proceeding to feature for teams in Belgium, France, England and Turkey. His stint with Premier League side, Everton, where he was the first signing made by David Moyes, was one of the high points of his club career.

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He earned 101 caps for Nigeria, before retiring from international football in  2014 after the World Cup in Brazil.
He was honoured by a slew of his former colleagues and friends at his testimonial match played at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium on May 27 after which he was appointed the Senior Special Assistant on Sports Development to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.