Yobo to Receive Signed Eagles Jersey on His 100th Nigeria Cap

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have decided to have a brief presentation of a signed official jersey to Joseph Yobo in commemoration of his landmark achievement of claiming a 100th international cap.

The Super Eagles skipper will surpass the numbers of appearances ever made by a Nigerian in World Cup games, if he is selected by coach Stephen Keshi for Monday’s second round match against France in Brasilia.

He would be making his 10th appearance in a cup game, more than Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu- the other two Nigerians to have featured in three World Cup finals.

Joseph Yobo Will Be Making His 100th Appearance In the Shirts of the Super Eagles, If Selected Against France.
Joseph Yobo Will Be Making His 100th Appearance In the Shirts of the Super Eagles, If Selected Against France.

The 33-year-old Fenerbahce defender will receive the branded jersey from NFF president Aminu Maigari at the team’s Brasilia Palace Hotel after the duel with ‘Les Bleus’.

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Yobo made his Eagles debut in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zambia in Chingola on 24th March 2001, which ended a goal apiece.

Prior to his promotion to the senior national squad, the player, who started as a striker and had also featured in the defensive midfield, came through the under-20 ranks and was one of the standout performers of the 1999 Fifa World Cup hosted on home soil.

Yobo has since then featured in three Fifa World Cups (2002, 2010 and 2014) as well as winning the Afcon title in 2013.

The NFF forwarded a request to Fifa to perform the jersey presentation ceremony prior to kick-off inside the Estadio Nacional, but the football governing body claimed it could not go ahead.

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