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By Arinze Ude JOSEPHYOBO The 32 year old Nigerian captain was born on 6th Septemeber 1980 in Kono, Rivers State. His illustrious career has seen the defender play for clubs in Belgium, France, Spain, England and Turkey – he’s currently attached to Turkish giants, Fenerbahce. He made his debut for the Super Eagles in 2001 and has gone on to make 91 appearances for the Eagles – a record. He played at the 2002 and 2010 World Cup in the Far East and South Africa respectively, before taking over the captaincy from retiring Kanu Nwankwo in 2010. In 2007, Yobo set up the Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation to help under-privileged children in Nigeria. As of 18 July 2007, he has handed out over 300 scholarship awards ranging from primary to university level. Yobo has started a football academy in the Ogoni region of Nigeria. He also runs football camps in Lagos. Yobo has been limited to substitute appearances at the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa due to the brilliant form of defensive duo, Kenneth Omeruo and Godfrey Oboabona. He’s expected to be handed the captain’s arm band by his deputy, Vincent Enyeama to lift the cup if Nigeria triumphs on Sunday.

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This article was first published on 8th February 2013 and updated on February 9th, 2013 at 11:13 pm


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  • great one sir, want to come for trials in ur academy,16 yrs.

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