Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo has said he hopes to sign off on his last AFCON with the trophy at the expense of giant killers Burkina Faso.
The 32-year-old Yobo has announced this will be his last AFCON, while he plans to quit international duty after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Yobo said he has done his best for Nigeria and needed to win the trophy which is what has been missing after his record 92 caps. “I thank God for my life today. I have put a lot into the national team and it has been long Nigeria have been to this stage at the competition. This is my sixth AFCON and this is my first time in the final. I am looking forward to lifting the trophy on Sunday, but the work is now,” Yobo said.
Speaking on his bench role, Yobo said no hard feelings as what matters is for the team to be getting victory, but at the same time he said he is ever ready when called upon. He said, “I started the game but got injured. I am fit now, but it’s left for the coach to decide if I play or not. The last time out, I played and even scored but we didn’t make it, now we are here, what matters most is for the team to be winning, which we are doing,” he reasoned.
The Fenerbahce defender applauded the youngsters in the team. He said: “The younger ones here are doing well. We the experienced ones are guiding them not to lose focus while celebrating. The final is the most important game for us. We have worked hard and need not to lose focus now.”