Injury-hit Norwich City loan spell left Joseph Yobo sweating on World Cup bid

Joseph Yobo will Nigeria into World Cup battle after an injury-hit Norwich City loan spell. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Joseph Yobo will Nigeria into World Cup battle after an injury-hit Norwich City loan spell. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, June 14, 2014
7:30 AM

Norwich City’s former loanee Joseph Yobo feared his injury-hit Carrow Road spell had wrecked his bid to lead Nigeria at the World Cup in Brazil.

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Yobo played no part in the Canaries’ Premier League run-in after being blighted by a calf injury, but the 33-year-old proved his fitness in an end-of-season international friendly against Scotland at Fulham’s Craven Cottage.

The Fenerbahce defender made eight appearances for City, which culminated in the 1-0 home league defeat to West Brom in April which signalled the end for former boss Chris Hughton.

Yobo is now in line to become the first Nigerian international to reach 100 caps for his country ahead of Monday’s opening group match against Iran in Curitiba.

“There was a point I doubted myself if I was going to make it here because of injuries. But I’m here now, I’m fit and ready to go,” he said. “This is going to be my third World Cup and I wasn’t fit before this time so I’m just happy now that I’m fit and ready and that gives me great joy.

“My main focus is playing for Nigeria, doing well for Nigeria and if I achieve any landmark, it’s going to be exciting and special as well. Any other thing that comes after playing the World Cup is an addition, is a bonus.”

Yobo along with Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel had to diffuse a potential row over World Cup bonuses that threatened Nigeria’s preparations prior to leave for Brazil.

“I am the captain of the national team and if the players are not happy, then there is no way I can be happy,” he said. “You can’t deprive players from asking for their rights, this is normal. As the captain of this team I’m proud and honoured to represent my country and so are the others.”

21 comments

  • On the World Cup thread I have just seen the first goal awarded by goal line technology. It was awarded to France after tv images were viewed and a conclusion drawn that it crossed the line. Sure I read somewhere the world cup ball was microchipped and sent out a signal if it fully crossed the line. Humans making a judgement based on tv images is hardly "goal line technology". And they got it wrong. Unlike in '66 when the ball was clearly over.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Pete Raven is sound. So are others. It's such a shame the local cartel cannot be broken. So mote it be.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • NO choice in East Anglia. Mail them and they deny it!

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    el dingo

    Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • Btw; It truly vexes me to have to use an Archant publication for an `In Memoriam` item. What choice locally? Pig Breeders` Annual Weekly?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • I`ve been fighting that battle for years now, Uncle. Lengthy exchange of e-mails with the PA to Archant`s Managing Director (probably as near as you`ll get?). Not just about the football items, but also general news and politics. For a while, I could not post comments on my favourite subjects - brewing and beer. Despite repeated assurances the `problems had been addressed`, it still happens. All the standard answers about the server playing up, etc, were tried. No Stew, I don`t leave anything `for others to put right`. Who is Pete Raven, anyway??

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • .....don't leave it for others to put right!....an e.mail to the editor, could prove helpful...or as in my case pete raven!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • It seems a spellin error\typo helps......

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • I asked Archie how an opinion in a discussion can be deemed "inaccurate". Ethered: Reason; `Other`. Topf - Kessel - Schwarz, eh, Swiss? Very few Archicles would be published if that criterion was apllied in-house. Specially with regard to spelling and grammar. One scribbler believes Latvia is in the Balkans.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • Chuckling about things being rejected for being "inaccurate".

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • Don`t let it get to you, SwissC! My in-box is full of rejections from the Moderator. Mostly "other" with a subtle sprinkling of "inaccurates". I get tired of re-posting. Preferred CB pairing for next season? Bennett & Turner? Plus Bassong (minus his lassitude). JimmyS - trouble with Yobo was he did a "Geoff Boycott" when it came to that nasty run-in. Of course, he was "injured"...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • No beef with Yobo, he did alright for us. Shame we couldn't score to be honest, the defence were put under unneccesary pressure.

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    Jimmy Smith

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • Oh well, another debate another time, hey Brewer. I am still just below boiling point when I think about last season so it is probably just as well for my health ;-)

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • I`ve timed that at 14.24, Sat. 14th June, 2014. Looking forward to retro-deletion by The Provisional Wing of Karra Kremlin`s Propaganda Machine. Aka Archant.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • I disagree, Swiss, but Archie refuses to let me expand on why. I think I know why. In brief, Yobo was an opportunist. Hughton was desperate to cover his.. inadequacy. Result, sinecure for Yobo. Career setback for Ryan Bennett. Classic Hughton.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • Yes indeed, Swiss. Yobo`s pedigree looks fine. What we cannot see are his motives. Premiership exposure. Good Club, with all the required facilities: nutritionists, physiotherapists, bag carriers and those quality motivationists, Hughton and Calderwood. Plus, of course, a decent salary. But, almost as an echo of the selfless `Sir` Geoffrey Boycott, he disappeared when the going got tough. With an `injury` that did not prevent his participation in a post-season friendly. Opportunist - and very `well to do` as a result. No Crocodile tears here. Hughton should have shown faith in his young centre-back Ryan Bennett, instead of sweeping a little bit more dosh into his pal`s pension fund. Shameful episode in NCFC`s history.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • What's the chance of Leroy Fer getting a game for the run-away Netherlands?

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • I think his record speaks for itself, 10 years with Everton, most capped Nigerian international and captain. To be fair, Hughton's rudderless Bismark was already sinking when he came on board but he still put in some stalwart performances. Short term loanees rarely stop the rot. I hope he does well in the world cup and that Nigeria don't go through the ridiculous captain v coach ego games that Cameroon seem to be playing.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • Will he will them into World Cup battle, or will he lead them, Paddy?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • At least Archie`s managed to spell Fenerbahce. The squiggly bit may not be available to them either.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • Over rated . Over paid. Over here.

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    Brycland

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

  • Well, he got paid by Norwich and presumably got his physio etc thrown in. He was fit enough to play in an end of season friendly. Smart enough to act as Shop Steward for his Nigeria team-mates. Definitely has a future in politics or journalism. Something seedy, anyway. Along with Hughton`s other expensive loan signings, he really produced for Norwich City, didn`t he.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, June 14, 2014

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