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Sodje: Yobo ‘Invaluable’

Published On 15/04/2014 | By AFS Staff | Africa, Europe, International, Latest News, Nigeria, Premier League, Top Stories, World Cup 2014

Former Nigeria defender Efe Sodje has backed his former team-mate Joseph Yobo for the Super Eagles’ summer trip to Brazil.

Sodje, who himself represented Nigeria at the 2002 World Cup, has argued that it is imperative that Stephen Keshi takes the Norwich City centre-back to Brazil this summer.

The former defender, who currently plays for Macclesfield Town, where he is also a coach, said: “I strongly believe Yobo still has a lot to offer the Eagles. Apart from his experience of playing at two World Cups which will be invaluable to the team, Yobo is also playing regularly in one of the toughest leagues in the world.”

The former Huddersfield man, as quoted by Kick Off Nigeria, continued: “He is playing against some of the guys he will face in Brazil at the World Cup. You can’t buy that in the market.

“The FIFA World Cup is a bigger competition than the Nations Cup and it is a stage where you must bring your best to compete,

“I strongly think coach Stephen Keshi should also reconsider some of the experienced players playing regularly in their various clubs. He needs a right mixture of experience and youth in Brazil.”

Despite being disposed of by the Big Boss during and subsequent to the triumphant 2013 Cup of Nations, Yobo has never been replaced as Nigeria captain and was handed a recall for the Super Eagles recent friendly against Mexico.

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