Joseph Yobo is the most experienced player in the Nigerian side, which he has captained for many years. Like so many of the other members in the Super Eagles squad, Yobo first gained international experience playing for the country's youth sides, helping the Flying Eagles to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup they hosted in 1999. Three years later he played in the FIFA World Cup 2002 Korea Republic and Japan™ and has remained in the Nigerian squad since then.


His club football progressed in a similarly rapid fashion and after moving to Europe to join Standard Liege in 1998, he has played in several top leagues, including a stint in the French Ligue 1 with Olympique Marseille, from which he moved to Premier League club Everton, spending close to ten years with the Liverpudlian club.


Yobo, who is a powerful defender, fast and a strong header of the ball, joined Turkish giants Fenerbahce on loan in 2010 and made the deal permanent in August 2012. Since then he has found his place in the Nigerian starting line-up under threat and early this year the 32-year-old played only a bit part as the Super Eagles lifted their third continental title.