Late Coach Keshi Saw Himself In Me – Yobo

A file photo of former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo. Photo: Twitter- @thenff

 

Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Joseph Yobo, has described the late Stephen Keshi as a big motivation in his football career.

Keshi passed away in 2016 after successfully leading Nigeria to an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) win in 2013 as well as taking the team to the second round of the 2014 World Cup.

And Yobo who captained the Eagles to lift the AFCON trophy in South Africa has revealed that the former Togo gaffer always told him he (Keshi) saw his younger self in him.

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The former Everton defender said this on Saturday in an Instagram live chat with the Special Adviser to the Cross River governor on Tourism, Ubi Offem.
According to him, he was very close to the Delta-born coach when he was alive and they spoke often.

“Keshi said he sees himself in me and that I was the younger Keshi,” Yobo said.
He added that Keshi helped in moulding him to captain the Super Eagles and believed so much in him.

Furthermore, he said he was not really interested in leading the Super Eagles, stressing that playing for Nigeria was his ultimate goal.

Also, he revealed that he left Everton for Fenerbahce in Turkey due to his quest to win trophies and also feature in the UEFA Champions League.

“I wanted to win trophies and I wanted to play in the Champions League,” he stated.

Cote d’Ivoire Beat Ghana 9-8 To Win AFCON 2015

AFCONThe Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire have defeated the Black Stars of Ghana 9-8 on penalties to win the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2015.

The Ivorian’ winning goal was scored by the goalkeeper, Barry.

The game had ended scoreless after regulation time.

Cote d’Ivoire also beat Ghana on penalties to clinch their first AFCON title in Senegal, 1992.

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Joseph Yobo Predicts Ghana Will Win AFCON 2015

afconFormer Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, has predicted that Ghana would win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) ongoing in Equatorial Guinea.

“I tip Ghana to win the tournament. As our brothers and long term allies, I would like them to win the tournament. Above all, I think they have a good team,” he said.

The Black Stars beat host country, Equatorial Guinea, in the semi-final to land in the final match against Ivory Coast who beat Algeria to progress.

Yobo, who confessed that he has not been following the tournament, feels the Black Stars led by former Chelsea Manager, Avram Grant, have shown enough resilience to win the trophy.

The Sunday evening duel would be a replay of the 1992 AFCON final, which saw Ivory Coast defeating Ghana to win in Senegal.

It is believed that the Black Stars, gunning for a fifth continental glory, would also be seeking revenge.

Ghanaian Striker, Jordan Ayew, has, however, said that the AFCON 2015 final match against Cote d’Ivoire would not be about revenge for the 1992 defeat that the Ghanaian team including his father – Abedi – suffered at the hands of the Elephants.

While expressing his hope for a win against the star studded Elephants, he said that the team’s focus would on ending their three decades of heartbreak in Africa’s biggest football prize.

Jordan insisted that he and his brother, Andre would not have revenge at the back of their minds when they walk on to the pitch to face Africa’s best player for four years, Yaya Toure; former Arsenal forward, Gervinho and other top players who make up the equally glory starved Ivorian team.

“We want to win the game on Sunday not because of 1992, but because we have not won an AFCON tournament since 1982,” Jordan said.

DEBATE: Did Keshi Disrespect Yobo By Excluding Him From Squad?

Super Eagles skipper, Joseph Yobo recently blasted Stephen Keshi and the officials of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), over his exclusion from the squad that played Kenya in a World Cup qualifier two weeks ago.

Yobo, who has made 96 appearances for the Nigerian national team, said he feels disrespected, as no one spoke to him about his exclusion from the team, before the list was made public.

“I’m disappointed nobody called me before the team list was announced,” Yobo told Brila FM on Tuesday.

“It’s disrespectful. I feel disrespected. I am the captain of the Super Eagles and I thought the coach should have put a call across to me.

“I have no problem being left out.”

Pundits, who were on Channels Television’s programme, Sport Palaver, debate if Keshi disrespected Yobo by excluding him from the squad that played Kenya in a World Cup qualifier.