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International retirement for Yobo

30 Jun 2014 23:46:52

International retirement for Yobo

Nigeria defender Joseph Yobo has announced his retirement from international football, with reports from Brazil suggesting manager Stephen Keshi is also leaving his post.

The Super Eagles pushed France hard in their second-round match in Brasilia only for Paul Pogba's late header and a last-gasp own goal by Yobo to seal a 2-0 win for Les Bleus.

Former Everton centre-half Yobo, currently with Fenerbahce, became the first Nigerian to win 100 caps during the game and confirmed soon afterwards he would not be adding to the landmark.

"This is it. I can look back on my career with great pride," he told BBC Sport.

"I wanted to leave on a high for my country. Defeat by France was not the right way to go but I'm happy with all I've done for the national team.

"It's time to give a chance to other people to come through. Our football has a bright future and I am confident this team can achieve success sooner rather than later."

It appears that will have to happen without Keshi, though.

He did not speak about his future after the match, instead focusing on the refereeing performance, but reports began to emerge suggesting he had broken the news to his players in the dressing room.

The 52-year-old, who took over in 2011, has been linked with the South Africa job.

Keshi has resigned his post once before, a day after winning last year's African Nations Cup, but was persuaded to stay on.


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