FIFA boss hails Yobo on Testimonial

Written by Aisha John-Mark with Agency report

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino has congratulated former Nigeria skipper Joseph Yobo on his testimonial slated for Friday in Port Harcourt.

FIFA, in a letter personally signed by Infantino and addressed to NFF president, wrote: “Many thanks for your letter dated 17 May 2016 and informing us of the testimonial match in honour of former international player and Nigeria Captain Joseph Yobo.

“On this occasion, allow me to congratulate and send my best wishes to Joseph Yobo for his future activities.”

The Nigeria Football Federation has released Super Eagles skipper John Mikel Obi and his assistant, Ahmed Musa, to honour Yobo in Friday’s testimonial game, leaving them out of the international friendly with Mali in France on the same day.

Joseph Yobo’s testimonial game, slated for the Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium, will feature a Team Joseph Yobo (comprising of Super Eagles’ players of Yobo’s generation) and a Rest of The World squad which includes the likes of Samuel Eto’o and John Terry.

Ghanaian Premier League stars, Andre and Jordan Ayew, Cameroon international Alex Song and other African football greats will also be attending.

Yobo has also revealed that he will be handing out hundreds of signed football mementos as part of preparations for the game.

I know a lot of people want to attend the game, and I am grateful to everyone. This is a very important time for me and I feel that the fans should share in this too,” Yobo told The Nations Newspaper.

Because the match is marking my 100 games for Nigeria, I want to give out 100 items each. So there will be 100 balls, 100 jerseys and 100 tickets for fans.”