Emmanuel Emenike blasts NFF – ‘It’s disrespectful to fix a Super Eagles match same day with Joseph Yobo’s testimonial’

Ex-Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike who is on loan at West Ham has blasted the Nigeria Football Federation on its decision to organize a Super Eagles friendly the same day retired Super Eagles player will be celebrating his football career with a testimonial match in Port Harcourt.
Nigeria will play a friendly against Mali in France on May 27, the same day the Yobo testimonial will be played. Emenike said the NFF’s decision was disrespectful to the former Eagles skipper and Everton defender, who had served the country with total dedication during his playing days.

“If we are still on the same page of re-branding football, we should have the common sense of celebrating our heroes so that the younger ones in the team will live by example,” Emenike told AfricanFootball
“Yobo deserves the honour and everybody has to turn up to celebrate him, but it’s unfortunate that it’s the NFF who are now looking like the obstacle to this testimonial. The Super Eagles players are the ones who want to play the Yobo match, tell me how will that be possible if they are in for another national assignment on that same day.
“We should change our mentality of ‘use and dump’ approach in order to reach greater heights of football in the world.
“Yobo was one of the best in Africa during his playing days, he’s a known name all over the world and he should be celebrated in a bigger way. The younger ones are watching, let’s change things.”
He continued: “I understand that the Joseph Yobo match will be played this same day Super Eagles have a match against Mali or whoever, is that the way it’s being done in other countries?
“I think some people are just unserious about our football. This is a top match and Yobo has written a letter to the NFF before now, so why are they playing this international match also?
“We should also understand that we don’t respect our past heroes, we don’t appreciate the past, we only want people to come and die and forget about their life.
“Without apology, I have decided not to say anything against the federation irrespective of their antics, but this is unacceptable, I hate injustice and we should learn to celebrate our past heroes in order to encourage the younger players in the team.”
“I think it will be better for them to do something about it and cover their mess because of other foreign players coming for the match,” he further told AfricanFootball.
“Even when I was in the team, I got angry at times when you see the way things were going wrong and you begin to question yourself on a lot of things and this is just one of those things.”

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  1. joshua says


  2. joshua says

    Cool emineke

  3. joshua says

    NFF self gan

  4. Bamstayuus says

    D guy get point o

  5. Bamstayuus says

    D guy get point o,dy shldnt av done it lik dz,yobo congratz oo

  6. Bamstayuus says

    D guy get point o,dy shldnt av done it lik dz,yobo congratz oooo..

  7. amazing says

    e pain am

  8. harkanbee says

    that’s too bad

  9. amazing says

    he is correct

  10. koleex says


  11. Segun says

    Its too bad

  12. labi says

    His right thou

  13. mayor says

    So true

  14. mayor says

    I love his point

  15. Terence says

    Lol… Its Their wish na

  16. labi says

    I support emenike

  17. Teejay says

    He’s right

  18. abbay says

    on same day? really? NFF..Una papa!!

  19. abbay says

    Terence that’s a mumu wish

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