Former Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo, is expected to officially end his active playing career by featuring in the local league (Nigeria Professional League) for any club of his choice, according to the League Management Company (LMC).
The former Everton and Fernabache defender will take part in the last 12 games of the current season with the league organizers paying part of his remuneration.
— League Management NG (@LMCNPFL) June 21, 2016
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.
The LMC had an arrangement in place that allows professionals who ply their trade abroad to return to play in the local league. Yobo, would be the second high profile player to take this opportunity following the footsteps of midfielder Sani Kaita.
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LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko is quoted to have said that Yobo’s experience will be vital to 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,” Dikko said.
Nigerian football lovers believe that the move by the authorities would attract investors and fans to stadiums, as they want to catch a glimpse of their heores in action for their local clubs.
Clubs like Wikki Tourists, IfeanyiUbah FC, Kano Pillars and Akwa United are rumoured to be among the clubs jostling for the central defender, who has also played for Olympique Marseille and Norwich City.
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