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Joseph Yobo testimonial set for May 25

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Joseph Yobo, captain of the victorious 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winning Nigeria team, will get a befitting testimonial match on May 25 to mark his retirement from football.

Yobo told media at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos on Tuesday that the big event tagged “The Joseph Yobo Centenary Game” will be held at the Amiesimaka International Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The testimonial game which is being put together by the Joseph Yobo Foundation in partnership with the Rivers State Government will be an occasion to celebrate a worthy son of the state who had a distinguished career.

Present at the occasion were past national teammates and coaches Shaibu Amodu, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu,Taribo West, Austin Eguavoen, Peter Rufai, Ifeanyi Udeze and Christian Chukwu.

Rivers State sports commissioner Boma Iyaye represented the state governor, Nyesom Wike.

Yobo confirmed the availability of former Everton boss David Moyes for the game.

“My former manager David Moyes has said he will come. I was his first signing and I’m honoured he has agreed,” Yobo said.

Former Everton teammate, Wayne Rooney and African greats Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure plus a host of other international football personalities are expected to grace the game.

The former Nigeria international defender made his Super Eagles debut against Zambia in a 2002 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on 24 March, 2001 in Chingola, Zambia.

Yobo went on to amass 100 international caps, scoring seven goals in a career that spanned 13 years where he featured at three Fifa World Cups and six Afcon tournaments, leading Nigeria to victory in his last outing in South Africa.

At club level, he turned out for Standard Liège, Marseille, Everton, Fenerbahce and Norwich City between 1998 and 2014.

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