World football governing body FIFA, Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Nigeria Football Federation have sent birthday greetings to former Super Eagles skipper Joseph Yobo who turned 40 on Sunday, Completesports.com reports.
Celebrating Yobo’s 40th birthday, FIFA wrote on their World Cup verified Twitter handle:”Once a Super Eagle, always a Super Eagle.
“Yobo represented the Super Eagles in three World Cup tournaments, captained them to @CAF_Online AFCON glory, won a joint-record 101 caps & is now their assistant coach. Happy 40th birthday to a Nigerian legend.”
According to CAF: “Happy 40th birthday to Joseph Yobo.”
And NFF wrote:”Happy birthday to former @NGSuperEagles captain, now assistant coach, @jyobo234. Have a good one legend!”
Born in Kono, a community in the
Khana area of Rivers State, Nigeria, Yobo was a member of the Flying Eagles squad that got to the quarter-final of the 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup on home soil.
Yobo made his Super Eagles debut in 2001, featured at six AFCONs (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013), three FIFA World Cups (2002, 2010, 2014) before retiring from international football in 2014.
He became the third player to captain the Super Eagles to AFCON glory when they emerged champions at the 2013 edition in South Africa.
At club level Yobo played for Standard Liege, Marseille, Everton, Fenerbahce and Norwich City.
On 12 February 2020, Yobo was appointed assistant coach of the Super Eagles as replacement to Imama Amapakabo.
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