Norwich City’s Joseph Yobo set for a busy week after his Nigeria recall

Joseph Yobo in Norwich City action for during the Barclays Premier League match at the Boleyn Ground. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Joseph Yobo in Norwich City action for during the Barclays Premier League match at the Boleyn Ground. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Thursday, February 13, 2014
3:28 PM

Norwich City’s on-loan signing Joseph Yobo has been recalled by Nigeria, leaving the centre-back with a busy start to March as the Canaries deal with two crucial Premier League games in the same week.

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Norwich City’s on-loan signing Joseph Yobo has been recalled by Nigeria, leaving the centre-back with a busy start to March as the Canaries deal with two crucial Premier League games in the same week.

The 33-year-old centre-back has made it into coach Stephen Keshi’s squad for the friendly with Mexico, to be held in the USA on Wednesday, March 5 – when a host of other international friendlies will take place.

The news is good for Yobo, given the on-loan Fenerbahce defender has not played for Nigeria since leading them to Africa Cup of Nations glory in South Africa at the start of last year – and with this summer’s World Cup in Brazil on the horizon.

But it may not be so welcome for the Canaries, who face a trip to Aston Villa on the Sunday – with a 4.30pm kick-off – before hosting Stoke at Carrow Road the following Saturday.

It may be the defender could play in all three games during the week – but the schedule would be a tough one and sure to give a few headaches to the City dugout, with fellow centre-backs Michael Turner (hamstring) and Ryan Bennett (thigh) still recovering from injury.

Yobo has been Nigeria’s captain and is their most capped player with 93 appearances, and has formed a useful partnership with Sebastien Bassong since making his debut against Manchester City last weekend.

“I’ve always said Yobo is my captain and he’d be recalled when needed, so people shouldn’t be surprised,” said Keshi. “This friendly against Mexico will give us a chance to look at some new players before our final World Cup camp.

“We are hoping to give everyone a chance to show what they can add to the team. It is important to emphasis that the Super Eagles door is not completely closed on anyone.”

Stoke will not have a similar problem with Peter Odemwingie, given the forward has been left out of the squad.

Nigeria also played out a 2-2 draw with Mexico in Houston last May and face Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Hercegovina in Group F at the 2014 World Cup.

Nigeria’s squad to face Mexico in Atlanta: Vincent Enyeama (Lille), Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Elderson Echiejile (Monaco), Efe Ambrose (Celtic), Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor), Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves), Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough), Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod), Joseph Yobo (Norwich), Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Ramon Azeez (Almeria), Ogenyi Onazi (Lazio), Victor Moses (Liverpool), Shehu Abdullahi (Kano Pillars), Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers), Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Shola Ameobi (Newcastle), Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce), Obinna Nsofor (Chievo), Bright Dike (Toronto), Imoh Ezekiel (Standard Liege), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge).

16 comments

  • At least he might not have to put up with Hugh Trollderwood for a day or two. Also, it provides Chrissy with a new excuse to add to his portfolio. Of course, Chrissy would never have imagined this might happen. No clues whatsoever. Past Captain. 93(?) Caps. Stephen Keshi says "Yobo is my Captain so people shouldn`t be surprised". Meanwhile, Chrissy gazes, rabbit-like, into the oncoming headlights of a lorryload of reality. What a Rodney. Then, a minor injury could manifest itself. It`s only a friendly, after all. Let`s be `avin` ya, McNally.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • See Bassong had an article in the Mirror today criticising the strickers...inferred they were wasters......might have spelt that wrong!

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    tom the taxi

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Part and parcel of having an experienced internation in the team: They go away to play international games from time to time. Take the rough with the smooth. Think he's looking to have been a great acquisition. Play him for the first of our games then at least there's a chance that Bennett will be there for the second one.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Just what poor CH needs. Watching him at the game Tuesday he covered more overall distance moving nervously around the technical area that some of the players did.

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    powelld123

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • BWise, I`ve long abdicated the Chair of Pedantry. I thought Desiderata was a variety of potato until I drank Smirnoff.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • If the worst comes to the worst Russel Martin can play there for a game.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Dear Barking, such kindness; funnily enough, I can't wait to get out. I find the caring professions completely stultifying, and bereft of any serious creativity, and the government does not give a fig's jiffy unless we can save money and proselytise, sorry privatise ourselves. All I want really is to be far from the madding crowd on a barbadian beach with a trashy novel,a huge cigarette and a beady eye for annoying eejuts. I'll even give up the opium of the masses. Where was I? Oh yes listening to the relentless wind and rain, and plotting my route to Nigeria. Shh, Russell, get back in the trunk at once, and put that Piper Maris wine back on the shelf.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • A mere eight comments and two classic postings already. I don't think Russell Martin should play for Nigeria because he sometimes finds it difficult to find his way around a football pitch, and he might get lost if he went to Africa, after all, it is a long way away. No, let it be Snodgrass. Two months later: ‘Jeeves, where is that Snodgrass fellow these days’? ‘I understand he may have gone to Africa sir, but we haven't heard from him of late. As for Mr Yobo, I believe the fans think he's done more in his two games than three out of the four strickers have since they've been here’. ‘Quite so Jeeves, quite so. I shall speak to the embassy, and see what can be done to relieve him of his duties. Fine fellow what’! ‘Indeed sir, indeed Perhaps you could have a word with Mrs Smith sir’. ‘I tried Jeeves, I really did, but she can’t bare hurting people. I think she could be in love with him. What Yobo sir? Don’t be an oaf Jeeves, I’m talking about the weasel’. ‘I see sir’.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • If you have a day job, BP, give it up. You have a mighty pen. As for YOUR day JOB, Mattias, don't even think about giving it up. Whether it's at the Job Centre or the football club, you should cherish the opportunity it affords to make a living while simultaneously posting with impunity. Btw, I love your posts, the short ones, the medium-sized ones and yes, even the long...er ones. Love 'm all. And don't worry about the spelling, grammar and syntax which Brewer keeps bangin' on about. He never got to read "Desiderata".

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    User Removed

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Just dont get injured!!! Thats all we ask!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Perhaps he will not play.

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    goldie

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Meant strikers!!

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    tom the taxi

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Ha @ Barkingwise love it! I think if I did leave my current place alot of people would be rather miffed to say the least. Cracking post by BPBP on Russell Martin for Nigeria! I was going to say a similar thing when I read little yellow birdies post on Martin playing centre back for a game. On a serious note yes Martin can play there if really really really required....but lets no tempt anymore bad luck, injuries or problems. We've got enough as it is.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • What are you on????????????

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Its called humour Sharky, apparently its the latest thing

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • What, Nigeria?

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

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