Former Super Eagles’ captain, Joseph Ikpo Yobo has suggested that the current team will need unflinching support from their fans in order for them to win this year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
While also acknowledging that all the players and coaches have their respective roles to plain helping Nigeria get a fourth feel of the continental soccer title this summer, Yobo is emphatic about how the ’12th man’ should cheer the team on.
‘The Man In The Middle’ said he is happy to see the team doing well, with many young players laying claims for glorious futures in the green-and-white, hence the need for motivation from their fans.
He took a specific look at the central defence, where he made his marks for Nigeria, after lining out as a striker for the Flying Eagles at the 1999 World Youth Championship (WYC) in Lagos.
The former Olympique Marseille of France, Everton and Norwich City of England as well as ex-Fernebahce of Turkey stopper said is happy to see Kenneth Omeruo and Leon Aderemi Balogun doing well, which he knows will also be key to the Eagles’ chances of doing well at AFCON 2019.
Yobo declared: “Super Eagles team is presently doing well now and they need the support of all Nigerians to do well at the AFCON 2019.
“It is always good that we have our defenders fit and at the moment doing well.
“I am happy for Omeruo because he played along with me. I am happy that he is fulfilling his potential because he is a good defender.
“Omeruo is someone I have hoped to take over from me and I am happy that he is in Spain and doing fantastically well.
“I am also happy other defenders such as Leon Balogun and other players are performing as well.”