Playing friendly on Yobo’s testimonial day is an insult, says Emenike
Former Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike, has described as “an insult” the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to fix another match on the same day Joseph Yobo’s testimonial match will be played even after the federation had approved the match to retire the former national team skipper, reports africanfootball.com.
Nigeria will play a friendly against Mali in France on May 27, the same day the Yobo testimonial will be staged in Port Harcourt.
Emenike told africanFootball.com the decision of the NFF was disrespectful to the former Everton defender who had served the country with total dedication and had a century of caps to prove.
“If we are still on the same page of rebranding football, we should have the common sense of celebrating our heroes so that the younger ones in the team will live by example,” he said.
“Yobo deserves the honour and everybody has to turn up to celebrate him. But it’s unfortunate that it’s the NFF who are now looking like the obstacle to this testimonial. The Super Eagles players are the ones who want to play the Yobo match, tell me how will that be possible if they are in for another national assignment on that same day.
“We should change our mentality of ‘use and dump’ approach in order to reach greater heights of football in the world,” he said.
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