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Top football stars converge for Joseph Yobo testimonial

Top football stars converge for Joseph Yobo testimonial

Nigeria

International football stars are gathering for the last game of Nigeria’s most capped footballer, Joseph Yobo.

The game is scheduled for Friday (May 27) at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, where the stars are expected to thrill fans who will show up for the testimonial. The Rivers State governor, Nelson Wike is in line to kick off the game.

Amongst the list are former skippers of France and England, Thierry Henry and Chelsea’s John Terry. They would be joined by several Nigerian football greats like Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Taribo West and several others.

Defeat by France was not the right way to go but I'm happy with all I've done for the national team. It's time to give a chance to other people to come through.

“Meanwhile, Vincent Enyeama and Emmanuel Emenike have arrived Nigeria as well as Danny Shittu while Ahmed Musa is still expected for the game,” Goal.com reports.

Also in attendance will be serial African footballer of the year winner, Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o. Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba, Ghanaian brothers Dede and Andre Ayew are also expected to be in Nigeria for the game.

Joseph Yobo, till date is Nigeria’s most capped footballer with 101 appearances since he made his debut in 2001.

He announced his retirement from international football in 2014 after a World Cup 2014 round-of 16 defeat to France.

‘‘This is it. I can look back on my career with great pride. I wanted to leave on a high for my country. Defeat by France was not the right way to go but I’m happy with all I’ve done for the national team. It’s time to give a chance to other people to come through,” Yobo said at a post match conference.

Yobo has had extensive playing stints across Europe starting off in Belgium (Standard Liege), before joining French giants Marseille. He proceeded to England where he played for Everton before signing for Turkish giants Fernabache. He later returned to England to join Norwich.

He has represented Nigeria at 3 World Cups and 6 African Cup of Nations, leading the Super Eagles to win the 2013 edition of the competition.