FIFA Salutes Aiyegbeni At 35

FIFA Salutes Aiyegbeni At 35

By James Agberebi: Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has sent birthday wishes to former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, who clocked 35 years on Wednesday.

FIFA sent the birthday greetings on their verified Twitter handle on Wednesday.

Aside Aiyegbeni, FIFA also celebrated former German international Torsten Frings; ex-Brazil and Napoli player, Alemao and Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid former boss Radomir Antic.

“Happy birthday to Yakubu Aiyegbeni (35), Torsten Frings (41), Alemao (56) and Radomir Antic (69),” FIFA wrote on the their handle.

Aiyegbeni made his full Super Eagles debut on 22 April 2000 in a 4–0 home win in Lagos against Eritrea – a Mali 2002 African Cup of Nations qualifying match.

He represented Nigeria at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games football event where the U-23 Eagles got to the quarter-finals and lost 4-1 to Chile.

Also he was at the Mali 2002, Tunisia 2004, Ghana 2008 and Angola 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. He was sent home at the 2004 AFCON alongside Victor Agali and Celestine Babayaro for indiscipline.

His last major tournament for Nigeria was at the South Africa 2010 World Cup where he scored one goal in a 2-2 draw against South Korea
in a group game .

Aiyegbeni will be remembered for failing to convert begging chance to goal also against South Korea which cost Nigeria a place in round 16 at the 2010 World Cup.


  • happy birthday bro more grace

  • Hahahahahaaa dats not fair

  • Still 35 after all these years?. Una Neva talk true.

  • Hmmm…35 yrs? Well FIFA ask im mama? I nor fit senior Aiyegbeni na! Abi na old news? Anyway,I join Nigerians to wish u HBD.

  • wow happy birthday to you beat striker so far in Niger.

  • Happy birthday to Yak attack

  • C mon ,dats unfair

  • Hey man, he did represented us well, be fair pls

  • Hmmm, HBD, south Korea Gkeeper sent his greetings since 2010

  • He tried his best, but his best was not enough

  • Happy Birthday to Yakubull

  • Because of the little mistake that was done by him in a match
    Dat why someone is talkin nonsense…. Remember his impact tooo ooo
    Hbd Boss

  • This old man still 35 well make i no talk, happy birthday… Greatness i wish you

  • 35 abi na 53 yrs,….so since he dey play @ old age he just clock 35 God is watching..

  • You mean 45yrs …happy birthday

  • aiyegbeni,i have forgiving you oh,as God 4give all my trespases

  • Abeg make Una tell am make he come pay me the money Wey I used pay for view centre watch that match Wey em miss.

  • Happy birthday boss the world love you even when you are out of the game we still remember ur history in ur carrier time stay bless we all miss you in action time

  • Sory he is not 35 bt 53, HBD

  • Are you serious Aiyegbeni is 35yrs old? HBD 2 U BRO

  • I wish you well for your future endeavors. He holds the second highest goals scored after late Rashidi Yekini in the Nigeria National team. Once again congratulations the Yark.

  • H B D……..LLNP

  • Abeg na 35yrs or 45…Na wow…

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  • omo9ja 1 year ago

    Happy birthday big bro. God bless Nigeria!!!