Super Eagles hit man, Emmanuel Emenike has declared that estranged defender, Joseph Yobo is needed in the national team because of his experience.

Yobo, played a cameo role for the team at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in February in South Africa, where coach Keshi preferred the defensive partnership of Kenneth Omeruo and Godfrey Oboabona. And with Warri Wolves’ defender Azubuike Egwuekwe in the mix, it meant that Yobo was surplus to requirement. Yobo with 95 caps for Super Eagles has contemplated retiring from international duty.


“Even though it is the decision of the coach on who he invites to the national team, personally I think we still need Yobo in the team,” Emenike said.

“I play with him every week and sincerely we need his wealth of experience in the Eagles.

“I am in the Eagles doing well today is partly because of the encouragement I get from Yobo and the coach.”

The Fenerbache striker, who described Yobo as “a senior brother”, equally credits the former Everton star for scouting him out for the Eagles.

“He brought me to the Super Eagles after we played against each other in a match in Turkey, before Samson Siasia came over to convince me to play for the country,” he added.


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