Yobo handed 100th Nigeria cap against France

The 33-year-old defender made history for his country as he reaches a personal milestone in Brasilia
Nigeria international captain Joseph Yobo became the first player from his nation to make the landmark of 100 caps when he turns out for the Super Eagles in their World Cup last-16 encounter against France in Brasilia.

The 33-year-old Fenerbahce centre-back led his team out in Brasilia as they strive to reach the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time, and it would certainly be a memorable manner with which to remember his achievement.

Yobo, who has played his club football at Standard Liege, Olympique de Marseille and most notably Everton, made his international bow in a World Cup qualifier against Zambia in March 2001 and captained his country for the first time fewer than three months later when they met Namibia.

In his 99 caps to date, he has scored seven goals, but more memorably was part of the Super Eagles side that won the African Cup of Nations in 2013 – the first major tournament success the country had enjoyed since 1994.

While Nigeria are attempting to win through for the quarter-finals for the first time, they won their only previous meeting with les Bleus by a 1-0 margin, although Yobo missed out on that clash.