Former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo scored twice in his testimonial game on Friday
in Port Harcourt but it was another ex-Eagles captain Austin Okocha
that wowed the fans with his bag of tricks and exquisite passes.
Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike took the ceremonial kick-off at the
Adokiye Amiesiamaka Stadium and he received an ovation when he hit the
bar from the penalty spot as keeper Vincent Enyeama stood motionless.
Team Super Eagles, which paraded Enyeama, Danny Shittu, Ifeanyi
Udeze, Godfrey Oboabona, Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Emenike, Chukwu Ndukwe and
Joel Obi, took the lead in the 5th minute through Emenike.
Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o then set up Team World’s equaliser
with Ghanaian Sulley Muntari converting the ex-Barcelona star’s pass
inside the box.
Thereafter, it was an Okocha show of skills and ball juggling
artistery. The ex-PSG man had a field day selling dummies here and there
with his flick-ons, back heels, precise passes and more to the
admiration of Port Harcourt fans.
Joel Obi volleyed in Ambrose’s cross to make it 2-1 but Eto’o waltzed
past Oboabona and Shittu before rounding off Enyeama to make score 2-2.
Fans were stupified as Enyeama pursued Eto’o around the pitch. The Lille man caught him and then celebrated the goal with him.
Emenike replied immediately using a series of leg-overs to dash past
Dele Ayenugba in goal for Team World and put his side ahead 3-2.
Okocha then set up Musa on the left wing and the CSKA Moscow man passed to Emeike to shoot home.
Eto’o then held Okocha, calling on officials to substitute the
ex-Bolton midfielder but the fans rejected his appeals. Okocha returned
and continued his dazzling displays.
Captain Yobo reduced the score by stroking home Eto’o’s pass inside the box.
After the break, Yobo captained the Eagles and should have scored but his penalty was saved by Ayenugba.
He however made amends a few minutes later to put the Eagles up 5-3.
Actor, Osita Iheme, reduced the tally for Team World but it was too little too late as Yobo ended his final game a winner.