Joseph Yobo remains a brand in Nigeria and International football. He is the most recently retired player on the Nigerian scene.
Here’s the making of soccer hero, JOSEPH YOBO :
- Full name Joseph Phillip Yobo was born in Kono, a community in the Khana area of Rivers State, Nigeria
- The first international team he played for was Standard Liège in 2000, though he joined two years earlier.
- Yobo’s first appearancefor Nigeria was in 2001, the same year he was bought by Marseille
- He has a total of 7 goals in 101 national appearances.
- He is the first Nigerian defender in history to play 100 international matches.
- He also is the first Nigerian to play 10 World Cup matches.
- On July 17, 2008, Yobo’s younger brother Norum was released after 12 days with kidnappers in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria where he was held for ransom.
- In 2010, he had a secret midnight wedding after a brief courtship with former Nigeria’s Most Beautiful Girl- Adaeze Igwe in Jos.
- He has two sons with his wife- Adaeze Igwe (Joey, five and Jayden, one).
- An embarrassing moment for him was when he sadly capped his World Cup with an added time own goal against Les Bleus.
- Yobo scored his first goal of the season against West Ham United to seal a 3–1 win
- Yobo joined Everton in 2003 and remains the first African to captain the club in October 2007, while Phil Neville was absent
- In 2007, Yobo founded the Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation, which he uses to help under-privileged children in Nigeria
- He was signed on a one-year loan contract with Fenerbahçe on August 31, 2010 were he played in 30 official matches and scored a goal, helping his team win the league title.
- He played three World Cups and won the Africa Cup of Nations as captain 2013
- He played as defender for Everton and Norwich.
- In July 2013, it was rumoured that the then Super Eagles Coach, late Stephen Keshi foreclosed his return to the national team until Keshi debunked the story.
- He chose not to celebrate his 32nd birthday in September 2012, having a preference to celebrate it after winning against Burkina Faso team in a match in Liberia.
- Was loaned to England’s Norwich City on 30 January 2014.
- Yobo retired from international football after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil having won 100 caps for the Super Eagles.
- Until his retirement in 2014, he earned a whooping sum of 800, 0000 EUR monthly from his club- Norwich City with an annual wage of virtually £2 million pounds.
- Yobo has offered over 300 scholarship awards ranging from primary to university level.
- Yobo has started a football academy in the Ogoni region of Nigeria and runs football camps in Lagos
- On May 31, 2016, Joseph Yobo was appointed as Senior Special Assistant on Sports Development to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike
- Joseph Yobo will clock 36 by September 6, 2016.
* He’s coming out of retirement to play in the Nigerian league.
- Seyifunmi Adebote for encomium.ng