25 August 2016
Retired Former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, has returned to football, signing for four-time Nigeria League champions, Kano Pillars, on Wednesday.
Goal.com reports that the former Everton FC of England Defender came out of retirement to sign a deal with the League Management Company (LMC), organisers of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).
This will see him star for the domestic league club, thereby promoting, adding value and attracting more spectators to various league match venues.
Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko, told newsmen in Lagos that Pillars beat other contenders to the signing of Yobo and that all the necessary formalities should be concluded in time for him to feature in Kano Pillars’ next home game against Shooting Stars Sports Club (3sc) of Ibadan.
Premier league big spender, Ifeanyi Uba FC, table topper, Wikki Tourists, Akwa United and Kano Pillars were the four clubs that indicated interests in having Joseph Yobo play in their colours.
Yobo who equally featured for Fenerbahce of Turkey during his illustrious career, made 101 international appearances for the Super Eagles, making him the highest capped Nigerian player in history.
Kano Pillars are slated to travel to struggling Shooting Stars of Ibadan in a match day 33 fixture.
The week after, they will return to their Sani Abacha Stadium home ground in Kano to play host to sixth-placed Sunshine Stars FC of Akure in a match day 34 fixture.
Yobo, who will be 36 years old on September 6, scored seven goals for the Super Eagles in his long career.
Joseph Yobo was part of the Nigerian team that played the World U-20 Youth Championship in 1999 hosted by Nigeria. He joined Standard Liege of Belgium in 1999 after the tournament.
Yobo’s footballing career took him to top European clubs in France, England, Belgium and Turkey.
After 10 years in Everton, Yobo joined Turkish Club, Fernabache in 2012 after spending the previous year on loan.
Yobo is one of the few Nigerian players who played in 6 African Cup of Nations. He was part of the Victorious team that won the 2013 edition of the African Cup of Nation.
It is expected that his return to the Nigerian League will further attract supporters and sponsors to the Nigerian League.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.