Keshi Explains Yobo Recall
Head coach of the Nigeria national team, Stephen Keshi has moved to explain his decision to hand a recall to captain, Joseph Yobo.
Yobo has not played for Nigeria since February 10, 2013 when he replaced Sunday Mba late in the second half of the Africa Cup of Nations final against Burkina Faso.
Yobo attracted the ire of Keshi when he publicly criticized the gaffer and accused him of 'disrespect' for leaving him out of the Nigerian squad that drew 1-1 against Kenya in a 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier on June 7, 2013.
The situation however appeared to have improved with both men with Yobo declaring earlier this month that he was 'on equal basis now" with Keshi and stressed his desire to represent Nigeria at the World Cup finals in Brazil.
'It's been a while since I was involved with Nigeria.
I haven't played for the Super Eagles since we became the champions of Africa.
'I have spoken to (Keshi) and I think we are on equal basis now so I just have to perform well for Norwich City now and get my place back in the national team,' Yobo disclosed during his first press conference as a Norwich City player.
'I have been in the national team for so long.
Captaining the national team gives me a special feeling and going to the World Cup for me will be an addition.
'I am here (in England) now and my priority now is Norwich City.
Hopefully if I do well here, the national team (call up) will just be an addition.
It will be a pleasure.
On February 12, Yobo was duly recalled to the Nigerian squad by Keshi ahead of the friendly game against Mexico which comes up in Atlanta on March 5.
Keshi has now revealed that the defender's move to the Barclays English Premier League and his debut performance against Manchester City on February 8 swayed his decision.
'He played well against Manchester City, which I watched but he must be consistent and we pray he should be in good health.
Those are the attributes we want in all the players that will go to the World Cup,' Keshi said.
Yobo is Nigeria's most capped footballer.