By Olawale Ajimotokan
There appears to be no threat in sight to Joseph Yobo’s status as the Super Eagles captain as Stephen Keshi has said he has no plan to appoint a new leader for the national team.
National coach Keshi hinted Thursday night that Yobo may likely lead the Eagles to Kigali on February 29 for the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 qualifier against Rwanda.
He said there will be no need to name a new captain because Yobo has been doing a good job for the Eagles.
The encounter against Rwanda will be the first competitive match involving Nigeria under the watch of Keshi since he assumed charge of the national team in November last year.
Keshi, who once handled Togo and Mali has been pre occupied with the task of building new talents from the domestic league, who will be merged with some of the foreign based professionals for the qualifying campaigns for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations as well as the FIFA World Cup in Brazil in 2016.
He insisted he will be banking on the central defender who is on loan with Fenerbache of Turkey to continue to provide the leadership for the team to lean on because he remains the right man for the job.
“Yobo will remain my captain for now because I don’t have any body in mind to step into that role. I was the one that brought him (Yobo) into the national team in 2001 and it is my delight that over the years he has matured not only as a player who can be counted upon, but he has been a great leader of the team,” Keshi said.
Yobo has already set a personal record as Nigeria’s most capped player having made 88 appearances for the national team and has featured in high profile competitions,
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