Don’t’ Count Experience, Win The Cup, Yobo tells Eagles

Former Super Eagles legend, Joseph Yobo has called on the current crop of Super Eagles players to believe in themselves and go out to create history at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Speaking on a BBC interview monitored by, the 2013 AFCON winner stated categorically that the squad must learn from the 2013 squad and go all out to make their own history despite having a relatively inexperienced squad.

“From my experience as a former captain, no one gave us a chance in 2013 including myself. When the squad was released I told the coach that there are not enough experienced players in this team because we had younger players merged with very few experienced players but we won it.

“I have been in the team when we had a very good squad and were one of the top two for the title but we did not win, so going back to what is happening with this squad and with what I’m seeing, they have a blend of experienced players, some of them played with me and are very experienced now,” Yobo said.

He continued by urging the young players to show plenty of character and seize the opportunity when given a chance to lead the nation in Egypt.

“With the younger players coming in they can go and win it, they have the capacity, they have the quality they just have to show a lot of character and determination to go and get it,” Yobo stressed.

The former Everton of England defender remains Nigeria’s most capped outfield player with 101 one caps spanning between 2001 and 2014 and went on to represent the country in three World Cups and six AFCONs, lifting the trophy in South Africa six years ago.


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