Exclusive: Fit again Yobo happy to bounce back from injury

The Nigeria captain says he is raring to lead the national team to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after two months of being on the sidelines

Nigeria captain, Joseph Yobo is a happy man after playing three matches within 10 days for his Turkish club Fenerbahce and showed no traces of relapse from the injury he copped while playing for Nigeria away to Liberia in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The player returned to the pitch with Fenerbahce 10 days ago and has played three full games for his club and he is very happy that he is back to form barely two months to the start of the Afcon slated to start on January 19, 2013 in South Africa.

Fenerbahce, currently placed fourth on the Turkish Super Lig table having 20 points from 12 matches played and only trailing league leaders Galatasaray who have 22 points, have enjoyed the return of their strong defender who has helped in fortifying the rear of the team since his return to the team about two weeks ago.

Yobo told Goal.com that his injury was not as bad as it was painted in the media and he is happy to have returned to full fitness.

“The injury was not as serious as it was reported. I had the knock while playing for the Super Eagles away to Liberia during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. My doctor told me to rest it just for a while then not that I couldn’t play. I would have if I wanted then. But I am happy that I am back and doing what I know doing best,” Yobo revealed from his base in Turkey.

The player had featured first in a crucial Uefa Europa League home match to AEL Limassol which Fenerbahce won 2-0 on November 8th, while he was also fully involved in his club’s 2-1 victory at home to Orduspor in the Turkish Super Lig and finally played a heart warming 1-1 score draw away to Eskisehirspor also in the league.

“My first after coming back from the Liberia injury scare was in the Europa League that we won 2-0 at home and I thank God that since then I have been involved prominently in my club’s matches. I am happy to be back and I would say it is great playing three matches within 10 days which we won two and drew one.

“Right now I can’t wait for the Cup of Nations to start because I feel stronger than before and I am still working very hard in training to stay very fit for both club and country assignments,” he disclosed.

He also used the medium to thank his club for being solidly behind him during his travails and also assured soccer loving Nigerians that the Super Eagles would do well in 2013 Afcon.

 “Firstly I want to thank my club for being solidly behind me and also supporting me in every way. I also want my fans to continue to pray for me and the Super Eagles because we are confident of making them happy in South Africa with their support.

“We need to stay fit and injury free for us to make them happy in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and I know with their support and God’s assistance we won’t disappoint them,” he assured.

Yobo also showered encomiums on Nigeria Football Federation president, Aminu Maigari for being there for him during his injury scare.

“I sincerely want to appreciate the NFF President’s love and care for me. He had called me severally during the time I went back to my club after the minor knock that I had in Liberia.

“He called me before my club played the Europa League match which we won at home and which was my first match when I came back. He also called me recently before the Venezuela match. I really appreciate him for this,” Yobo told Goal.com.