Emenike raps NFF over friendly clash with Yobo testimonial

By The Citizen

Ex-Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike, has termed as 'an insult' the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to fix a another match on the same day that Joseph Yobo's testimonial match will be played even after the federation had approved the match to retire the former national team captain.

Nigeria is set to play a friendly against Mali in France on May 27, the same day the Yobo testimonial will be staged in Port Harcourt.

While speaking with journalists, Emenike said the decision of the NFF was ill-mannered to the former defender who had served the country with total devotion and had a century of caps to prove.

'If we are still on the same page of rebranding football, we should have the common sense of celebrating our heroes so that the younger ones in the team will live by example,' he told newsmen.

'Yobo deserves the honour and everybody has to turn up to celebrate him. But it's unfortunate that it's the NFF that is now looking like the obstacle to this testimonial. The Super Eagles players are the ones who want to play the Yobo match, tell me how will that be possible if they are in for another national assignment on that same day.

'We should change our mentality of 'use and dump' approach in order to reach greater heights of football in the world.'