The rumour that footballer, Joseph Yobo’s in-laws are extremely angry with him because he is yet to marry his wife, Adaeze traditionally is not true, Yobo’s Nigeria media representative, Abiola Aloba has said.
“The story is a misrepresentation of Joseph Yobo’s marital status. I spoke with his wife, Adaeze in Istanbul, Turkey few days ago, she just laughed it off. She said it’s only her father who can claim such and not one faceless person, who has no trace or identity.”
“The whole thing is a distraction and should not be taken serious. Her mother has been with her for the past one week. I believe if there was a problem she wouldn’t be staying that long in the first place,” Mr. Aloba added.
However, a week ago it was posted that the family of Adaeze Yobo, former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria are angry with her footballer husband, Joseph Yobo for not marrying their daughter traditionally. The Igwes from Iru-Owelle village in Awka, Anambra State are said to recognize the Igba Nkwu more than their white wedding. And without that, the marriage is not yet done.
Joseph Yobo and Adaeze were joined in holy matrimony on December 31, 2009, at the Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministries International, Prayer City, Jos, Plateau State. The couple celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary in December 2013. Presently, they are blessed with a baby boy.
Meanwhile, another controversy that came up a week ago was the question of the actual age of the Super Eagles captain. Football analyst, Dudu Orumen had dropped a bombshell claiming Joseph Yobo has no business in the present Super Eagles squad on the basis that he (Yobo) is 40 and not 33 as he claimed. This is coming at a time the former Everton FC of England defender got a recall to the Nigerian national senior team after almost a year of being left out of the team by coach Stephen Keshi.
His official date of birth as listed online is September 6, 1980, and his place of birth is Kano. The footballer left Fenerbache of Turkey in January after seeing few playing times to join Norwich City FC of England on loan all in an attempt to keep fit and make the final squad of Nigeria’s Super Eagles o the World Cup in Brazil in June 2014.
According to Mr. Aloba, “I have tried reaching him on that issue but I couldn’t. I am not sure he would want to be bothered about age controversy because presently he is concentrating on his career. He just joined Norwich City in England and getting playing time is his priority now and not distraction.”
Yobo is the only player left among the Nigeria’s 1999 Under 20 squad still active. He has played for Standard Liege of Belgium, Olympic Maseille, France, Everton of England, Fenerbache of Turkey and presently on loan at Norwich City in England.
– FOLUSO SAMUEL