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The making of a soccer hero, Joseph Yobo


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

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