7 FACTS ABOUT JOSEPH YOBO


7 FACTS ABOUT JOSEPH YOBO

Joseph Yobo is one of the top Nigerian footballers of his generation. He was a stalwart in defence, always there to clear up when danger struck. With over 100 caps for the Super Eagles, Yobo can rightly be called 'Mr Consistent'. Here are 7 facts about Yobo's footballing career...

  1. Joseph Yobo’s Everton debut was delayed following an injury sustained while playing on Astro Turf in the United States while on pre-season tour in 2002.
  2. As a youngster, he featured at the World Youth Championships (Nigeria 99) as a striker, wearing jersey NO 14.
  3. The proud son of Ogoni land is the first black man to captain the Toffees.
  4. Yobo was ‘Mr Consistent’ during his active days. He played non-stop for the Super Eagles during a 13-year international career only missing 3 commitments during the summer. 2006 (Failure to qualify for FIFA WC), 2012 (Injury) and 2013 (Misunderstanding with coach).
  5. He holds the distinct record of being the first Nigerian international to play 100 games, 10 FIFA world cup matches and first to score an own goal at the FIFA world cup.
  6. Ace Nigerian broadcaster, Bimbo Adeola then at 88.9 Brila Fm famously nicknamed him ‘The man in the middle’.
  7. He is the 3rd Nigerian captain and centre back to lift the African Nations Cup trophy after Christian Chukwu and Stephen Keshi (R.I.P).




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