Sports minister hails ex-Super Eagles captain ahead of his testimonial

Dalung remarked that the entire nation was proud of the former Everton defender for his record-setting feat of 101 caps for Nigeria.

Joseph Yobo

Nigeria’s minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has hailed ex-Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo ahead of his testimonial and Centenary game.

Yobo in March officially announced his retirement from football and will be playing his testimonial on Friday, May 27 at the Adokie Amesiemeka Stadium, Port Harcourt.

The former Everton defender paid a courtesy visit to the office of Dalung on Tuesday, May 26. He was accompanied by the coordinator of the game Waidi Akanni.

Receiving his guest, Dalung remarked that the entire nation was proud of the former Everton defender for his record-setting feat of 101 caps for Nigeria.

"We're proud of you because you have put in so much. The joy of the whole thing is that you are lucky to be celebrated alive,” the Minster said.

“I'm sure that when you were playing the matches, you were not counting the number of games you played but you offered a selfless service. For every good thing a human being does, it will be compensated by another person now or later. So I associate myself with this great idea and I pray and wish you a successful outing".

He further advice the former defender to help Nigeria nurture young talents who can follow in his footstep and become regulars for the national teams.

"I will advise that the best you can do for this country is not only to be celebrated but you need to reproduce people who think like you, who behave like you and people who will do things the way you do,” Dalung added.

Barrister Dalung will not be at the testimonial but has ordered a high powered Federal Government delegation led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry to be at the the celebration.

Football stars billed to play in Yobo’s testimonial include, Super Eagles captain, John Obi Mikel, Chelsea captain John Terry, African football legend Samuel Eto’o, former Nigerian legends Austin Okocha,Nwankwo Kanu and Vincent Enyeama.

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