Skipper Yobo may be recalled

There are very strong indications that Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo would be recalled for a hectic schedule in June, Mtnfootball reports.

Joseph Yobo

On Thursday, the 32-year-old Fenerbache defender was again overlooked by coach Stephen Keshi from a 30-man squad for a friendly against Mexico, two 2014 World Cup qualifiers as well as the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Yobo said he felt “disrespected” by Keshi after the coach failed to inform him he would not be called up for last month’s game.

“I have been with the national team for more than 10 years, I don’t expect to play every game if I can’t give my all,” Yobo told BBC Sport.

“But [Keshi’s] attitude was quite disappointing. I’ve never demanded special treatment, only to be given the same respect I’ve given to all my coaches and the country.

“I won’t be around forever but we need to halt the sad exit episodes. When you treat older players badly the younger ones are witnessing a terrible trend.”

However, has scooped that the record-capped Yobo is now most likely to be included in the party as part of a fence-mending measure with Keshi after he was first snubbed for last month’s World Cup qualifier against Kenya.

“Everything points to Yobo being recalled to the team as part of moves to restore harmony and understanding in the team,” a top official told

Member of the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Paul Bassey, has already hinted the 30-man squad announced by Keshi would be tinkered with at a meeting in the coming week.

“There may be plus or minus two players on the list released by Keshi when we meet next week. We are also going to talk on resolving the crisis between the coach and some of his players like Osaze (Odemwingie), (Emmanuel) Emenike and Yobo,” Paul Bassey said.

Yobo helped Nigeria win the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa in February but has said that will be his last appearance in the competition.

And he insists he is not one to stand in the way of young players coming through and is keen to see them develop and do well for the Super Eagles.

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