Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo has apologized to President Goodluck Jonathan over his absence at the last National Merit Awards held in Abuja recently.
Speaking from his Turkey base, Yobo pointed out that a break- down in communication between him and the organizers coupled with national assignment accounted for his failure to turn up at International Conference Centre venue of the event.
His words; “I want to apologize to the president for not coming to pick up my award. I had wanted to be at the venue live to pick up the award but, unfortunately, I couldn’t due to some circumstances beyond my control.
I learnt of the event less than 24 hours to the commencement and I was already in Kaduna with the Super Eagles for the friendly against Zambia. We all know that the team is not having the best of times and it is my responsibility to ensure that the spirit in camp is cordial.
“Even if I wasn’t going to be at the venue physically, I should have made arrangements for someone to pick up the award for me but the time frame was too short. I regret any embarrassment that could have caused the President and the entire Nigerian citizenry”.
The Fenerbahce defender, however, pointed out that the award will spur him to attain greater heights with the national team.
“I am glad to know that all my efforts for the nation are not in vain. This will encourage me to do more.
I feel particularly humbled that amidst all the talented footballers in the country both past and present, I was deemed worthy of a national honour. Now more than ever, I am committed to ensure the national team becomes great again in my time”, he added.
Yobo, who recently equaled Muda Lawal and Nwankwo Kanu’s record 86 caps for the national team, was bestowed with the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) award.