Premium Times (Abuja)

7 February 2013

Nigeria: Afcon 2013 Will Be My Last - Yobo Reiterates

Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, has said he hopes to retire at the end of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, tournament in South Africa.

Yobo said he would be happy to win the trophy as a worthy reward for his many years in the national team.

The player had announced that 2013 will be his last AFCON, but said he would quit international duty for the nation after the 2004 World Cup in Brazil.

Yobo, who had so far worn 92 caps for the county, said he has done his best for Nigeria and needs to win the trophy which is what has been missing.

"I thank God for my life today (Thursday). I have put in a lot into the national team and it has been long that the country reached this stage of the competition.

"This is my sixth AFCON and this is my first time in the final. I am looking forward to lifting the trophy on Sunday, but the work is now," Yobo said.

Speaking about his playing from the bench, Yobo said he had no hard feelings as what mattered is that the team gets victory, adding that whenever he is called upon he is ready to play.

"I started the game but got injured. I am fit now, but it's left for the coach to decide if I play or not. The last time out, I played and even scored but we didn't make it; now we are here what matters most is for the team to be winning, which we are doing.

"The younger ones here are doing well. We the experienced ones are guiding them not to lose focus while celebrating. The final is the most important game for us. We have worked hard and need not to lose focus now," Yobo said.

Ahmed , one of the goal scorers against Mali, said the victory at the semi-final was massive for the team.

"I am happy at the goal and the victory was massive for us. We deserve it," Musa said.

He called on all Nigerians to continue to pray for the team.

"My target and that of the team have been to win the trophy, now that we are in the final. It is the trophy Nigerians should expect from us. They should continue to pray for us," he said.

The Super Eagles will play against Burkina-Faso in Sunday's final at the South African National Stadium in Johannesburg for the finals of the tournament.

The Burkinabe team defeated Ghana via penalty shoot out after the second semi-final ended 1-1 at the regulation time.

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