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Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, has revealed that injury prevented him from announcing his retirement from football before now.

The former Everton and Fenerbache defender, was honoured on Friday in a testimonial match that featured some of the most prominent Nigerian and African footballers.

“It feels great. It is a big blessing to be in this position and I’m thankful to God,” Yobo told media afterwards.

“It is very emotional but I’m very happy. My family are here to see me one more time and that makes me feel good.

“Injury had denied me from announcing my final retirement and this is the first time that I’m returning to the play after a year. I’m grateful to David Moyes, Samuel Eto’o and everyone that came to support – they made my day.”

When the 101-cap Yobo was asked if he had any regret as a footballer, he replied: “I’m very satisfied with my career. It takes only the grace of God to achieve what Joseph Yobo has done; three Africa Nations Cup and three World Cup appearances says it all.

“I don’t know how I made 101 caps for Nigeria, I’m thankful to God.”

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