10th March, 2016
Former Super Eagles and Everton FC Captain, Joseph Yobo gathered Nigeria’s football legends as he officially announced his retirement from football after being capped 100 times for the country and playing top flight football for over a decade.
He announced his upcoming testimonial match billed for the Port Harcourt stadium on the 27 May, 2016 which will attract former Everton and Manchester United manager, David Moyes; Manchester United forward, Wayne Rooney; Manchester City midfielder, Kolo Toure, and three times African Footballer of the year, Didier Drogba among other top footballers.
Present at the announcement were Nigeria greats Jay-Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Taribo West, Peter Rufai, Victor Ikpeba, Henry Nwosu, Ifeanyi Udeze along with former coaches Christian Chukwu, Shuaibu Amodu, Augustine Eguavoen and Fanny Amun.
The event was also attended by veteran sports journalists and pundits.
Former PSG and Bolton Wanderers midfielder Okocha while speaking on Yobo, stated that “It is not easy to play 100 games for your country and the fact that Yobo was the first to reach that mark says a lot about him as a player.”
Yobo began his career at non-league Michelin FC in Port Harcourt, before leaving for Standard Liege in Belgium. He went on to play for Marseille, Everton, Fenerbahce and Norwich and captained Nigeria to African Nations Cup success in 2013.