Keshi Is A Symbol Of Nigerian Football - Yobo
Former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, has described late Stephen Keshi as a symbol of Nigerian football.
Stephen Keshi died on June 7, 2016, after suffering a heart attack at the age of 54-six months after losing his wife to cancer.
Keshi led the Super Eagles to the African Cup Of Nations trophy in 2013 against all odds, Joseph Yobo was the captain of the team, he has opened up on his relationship with the 'Big Boss as Keshi was fondly called before his demise.
“May his soul rest in peace, but it is hard to forget him as long there is football. We also have so many great memories together,” the 39-year-old told Goal.
“Anytime you talk about Afcon 2013, you have to talk about him. And anytime most people talk about me as well, his name comes up. It is very hard to forge,t especially if I’m getting into the coaching angle as well.
“I always think about what he would have said and how happy he would have been if he was around today, but I know that wherever he is, he is resting in the Lord.
“It is sad that we lost a great ma,n but he’s left his legacy so we can remember him.
“When he handed to me the captain’s armband, he looked at me and said ‘This is the beginning of greater things that will happen in future’. For me, that was an anointing and to show how much he believed in me.
“He would tell me that he sees himself in me and that we had similarities at some point. Being made captain was going to happen, but it came sooner than I expected.
“He was fond of me and would call my name in a special way ‘Yobolistic Yobo’ before calling me 'my captain'. Keshi and Amodu [Shuaibu] had a special way they were calling me.”
“His legacy is always going to stay forever for what he has done for football. Regardless of how we look at it, Keshi is a symbol of Nigerian football.”
Yobo was recently named Super Eagles' assistant coach by the Nigeria Football Federation.