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The Fenerbahce defender says he is glad to be back in the game as he looks forward to helping Nigeria qualify for the Nations Cup in South Africa

Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo played his first competitive game in the Uefa Champions League qualifier for Turkish side Fenerbahce against Emmanuel Emenike’s Spartak Moscow on Tuesday with a huge sigh of relief that he is back to competitive football after three months.

Yobo, who was in action for the duration of the encounter, said apart from the relief of returning to competitive football, it feels like three years since he kicked the round leather object.

He ggave God the praise for seeing him through his period of travails through injuries and the long period it took for him to negotiate his way from Everton to Fernabahce.

Even though his side lost the away tie by 2-1, the towering Eagles skipper said he was glad to be back in competitive football and expressed optimism that his side will win the return leg in Turkey to join the lucrative group stage of the Champions League.

Yobo expressed his readiness to be back in the thick of things for the national team after missing the last three qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup and the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

“If invited I will give my best as always to the nation, because like I have always said I want to win trophies for the Super Eagles,” said Yobo.

Yobo might make a return to the Super Eagles when they play against the Lone Stars of Liberia in their final 2013 Afcon qualifiers next month.