Oct 4, 2011 – Super Eagles Captain Joseph Yobo: I Will Attend Guinea match
Insinuations emanated from some quarters at the weekend that the 31-year old defender was unwilling to come for the game and therefore claimed to have lost his international passport.
But Yobo, who celebrated 10 years of meritorious and blameless service to fatherland six months ago, put the record straight.
“I have my international passport to enter into my country. What happened was that the residence permit got missing in my old passport.
“All I need is the assistance of the Nigeria Football Federation to contact the Turkish Embassy in Nigeria so that work can start on a new residence permit immediately.
“I have already been assured by the NFF that they will promptly get in touch with the Embassy of Turkey to explain to them what has happened. The NFF has confidence in the Embassy of Turkey to sort out this issue as the Embassy has always been very co-operative.
“I believe that I will be able to get a new residence permit to travel to Turkey after the match against Guinea,” said Yobo, who will earn his 83rd international cap against the Syli Nationale. Yobo plays professionally for Turkish top club, Fenerbahce.
Nigeria take on Guinea inside the National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday starting from 2pm. A win is imperative for the Super Eagles to earn an automatic slot at the 2012 African Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
Yobo will also lead the group to London for an international friendly match against the Black Stars of Ghana taking place at Watford FC’s Vicarage Road stadium on Tuesday, 11 October. (Daily Times)