Wike appoints Yobo senior special assistant on sport

Joseph Yobo

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has appointed former Super Eagles Captain, Joseph Yobo, Senior Special Assistant on Sports Development.

The governor also appointed Chibuzor Aholu as Senior Special Assistant on Financial Matters.

A statement by Special Assistant to the Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said the appointments take immediate effect.

Yobo was on Saturday conferred with a chieftaincy title in Ogoniland.

The honour was bestowed on him a day after he was given a grand exit from professional football by a stellar collection of football stars like Samuel Eto’o, Austin Okocha, Sulley Muntari, Stephen Appiah, Lomana Lualua and Laryea Kingston during his testimonial in Port Harcourt.

Yobo was conferred with the title of Mene Aborlo 1 of Ogoniland by King GNK Gininwa, with his wife Adaeze given the Waamene Aborlo 1 of Ogoniland.

The former Nigeria international defender made his Super Eagles debut against Zambia in a 2002 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on 24 March, 2001 in Chingola, Zambia.

He went on to amass 101 international caps, scoring seven goals in a career that spanned 13 years where he featured at three FIFA World Cups and six AFCON tournaments, leading Nigeria to victory in his last outing under in South Africa.

At club level, he turned out for Standard Liège, Marseille, Everton, Fenerbahçe and Norwich City between 1998 and 2014.