Over the weekend, Yobo was honoured with a testimonial game in the Rivers State capital at an event tagged The Joseph Yobo Centenary Game put together by the Joseph Yobo Foundation in partnership with the Rivers State government. Top African and Nigerian stars converged on Port Harcourt to honour the 35 year old retired defender.
Among those who participated in the game included Austin Okocha, Samuel Eto’o, Nwankwo Kanu, Sulley Muntari, Stephen Appiah, Lomana Lualua, Laryea Kingston, Danny Shittu, Vincent Enyeama, Mutiu Adepoju, Ike Shorunmu, Austin Eguavoen and Ben Iroha. Current Eagles stars Ahmed Musa, Godfrey Oboabona, Efe Ambrose and Joel Obi were also present to honour their former captain.
Former Super Eagles coach Amodu Shuaibu was in charge of Team Nigeria while Team World was coached by David Moyes, who made Joseph Yobo his first signing at Everton in 2002. Rivers Governor Wike took the ceremonial kick-off and earned an ovation when he hit the bar from the penalty spot as his effort left Enyeama motionless.
Following the successful; match, Yobo decided to hang his boots up for good and Governor Wike subsequently appointed him as an adviser. According to the governor’s special assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu, Yobo’s appointment takes immediate effect.
Rafiu Ladipo, the president of the Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club, said: “Yobo was a fantastic, dependable and committed player. He gave his best in the service of the country and with a 100 caps for Nigeria’ it’s no mean feat.
"The testimonial was a celebration and Nigeria will not forget him. For us in the supporters club, Yobo’s name is written in gold.”
Yobo represented Nigeria at senior level from 1991 to 2014, winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as captain of the national team, attending three World Cups in 2002, 2010 and 2014 and emerging as the first Nigerian to amass 100 caps in the process. Yobo scored seven goals in 101 games for Nigeria and also played at the 1999 U-20 World Cup on home soil.
He began his club career at Port Harcourt side Michellin, before joining Belgian side Standard Liège in 1997. He also featured for Marseille, Everton, Fenerbahce and Norwich City.
A day after the testimonial, Yobo was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Mene Aborlo 1 of Ogoniland, while his wife Adaeze was given the Waamene Aborlo 1 of Ogoniland by King GNK Gininwa. He is now expected to play a huge role in the discovery of sportsmen in Rivers State.