Garden City, Port Harcourt stands still for Joseph Yobo’s Testimonial
TVC E. The Garden City of Port Harcourt is standing still this evening, Friday May 27, 2016, as former Eagles Skipper, Joseph Yobo, is staging a testimonial match in celebration of his retirement and centenary appearance for the national team.
The event is being organised by the Joseph Yobo Foundation in conjunction with the Rivers State Government to honour the player who had a record 101 caps for the Super Eagles.
Coordinator of the event, Waidi Akanni, said yesterday,Thursday May 26th, 2016 that all was set for the testimonial match.
He said “About 10 players from various parts are already in town. Tressor Lua Lua, the Ayew Brothers: Andrea and Jordan, Sulley Muntari, are some of the players already in town. David Moyes and John Terry will arrive Abuja this morning en-route Port Harcourt. We are set for this big event,”.
Other top players from various parts of Europe especially the EPL arrived Lagos yesterday Thursday May 26th, and are to be flown with a chartered flight to Port Harcourt this morning for the match.
Samuel Eto’o flew in straight from his base in Turkey into Lagos last night to honour his long time friend.
Didier Drogba, John Terry, Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney are some of those still being expected to arrive early today for the testimonial match.
Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi and his assistant, Ahmed Musa are part of the team to fly into the Garden city this morning.
Some of Nigerian players (past and present) to feature in the match are Vincent Enyeama, Samson Siasia, Nwanko Kanu and Emmanuel Emenike.
A penalty match against Enyeama at the Adokiye Amiesimake stadium is expected to be kicked off by the Rivers State Governor, Nyson Wike.
In a statement to AfricanFootball.com by CSKA Moscow star, Musa he said that Yobo deserves to be celebrated by his colleagues both within and outside Nigeria after what he has achieved in the game.
“Skippo (Yobo) deserves to be celebrated by all of us. He has paid his dues as a footballer for the country and his various clubs.
“I am happy to be among those to honour him because it’s a deserving one. To win 101 caps for any national team is no joke,” stressed Musa last night.