“I don’t have anything to prove to anyone, reaching 100 caps is not a priority” – Yobo

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May 31st, 2014
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Yobo-Scotland May2014Super Eagles skipper Joseph Yobo, has said he is not interested in proving any point to anybody on his return to the national team fold.

The Fenerbahce defender has not featured for Nigeria, ever since he lifted the 2013 African Cup of Nations with the team, but was recalled for the 1-1 draw against Scotland this week.

“No, I don’t have anything to prove to nobody. Critics are always going to be critics,” he told KickOffNigeria. “I don’t owe anybody anything. I’ve only said one thing and that is that I thank my bosses for believing in me, for believing that I can still do this and this is very important for me.

“I played until the second phase of the season until I got injured. I only need to prove something to myself. I have nothing to prove to them. This is my career and I know what I need to do to be at the top.

“I’m just thankful to the coach for believing in me, and I’m going to reciprocate that by what I do on the training pitch and on the Match Day to help this team.

“But for people out there, I have nothing to prove to them. I respect everyone’s opinion but at this moment, I just want to concentrate on this team that I left after the Nations Cup. When the time is right, I will respond to everyone.

The game against the Tartan Army, was Yobo’s 96th cap for Nigeria, but he insists reaching 100 caps is not a do-or-die affair.

He said: “Yeah, it will be special if it is achieved but it’s not my priority right now. Getting back in the squad for the World Cup is more important.

“This team needs to do well at the World Cup and if I can help with my leadership and my experience, that is what I want to do. If the 100 caps will come, it will come. If not, God knows best.”

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