Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney, and his Manchester City counterpart, Yaya Toure, are among the premier league heavy weights lined up to grace the Joseph Yobo testimonial match which is billed for 20th May 2016 at the Adokiye Amasiemeka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
Also expected are former FC Barcelona and Chelsea star, Samuel Eto, Nigeria’s legends, Kanu Nwankwo, Austin Jay-jay Okocha, Finidi George and Taribo West according to the organizers of the match which is aimed at honouring the former captain of the Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles.
The match which will attract former Super Eagles and a galaxy of star from across the globe is the initiative of the River State Government.
The State Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Boma Iyaye had disclosed that the event will be bankrolled in partnership with corporate organizations.
“Let me use this medium to announce to you that Rivers State Government and its partners in sports development have agreed to sponsor the Joseph Yobo testimonial match coming up on May 20, 2016 in Port Harcourt.”
Iyaye stated that the State Government considered the testimonial match very worthy and relevance because Joseph Yobo as the former captain of the Super Eagles team made history, as the first national player to attain one hundred caps.
“It is very important to us in Rivers State because Joseph Yobo is the first Nigerian player to attain one hundred caps for the senior national team, being a Rivers’ son who started his career in the state, we are delighted to associate his success” he reiterated.