With Nigeria about to embark on the final qualifying round for the Afcon Cup 2013, Joseph Yobo is also on the verge of a record number of caps for his country. Joey is also calling for more discipline amongst the team if they are to progress.
Eagles captain, Joey is banking on coach Stephen Keshi to make discipline his watch word in the new national team he is trying to build. Joey argued that unruly behaviour by players in the past led to the down fall of the Eagles in international tournaments.
Two more matches and he will be the most capped player in Nigeria. He said that during his long years in the national team, he realised that players feeling too big for their boots were a problem to the Eagles. But under the new coach things are going to change.
Joey said: 'I've been in a system where things were so messed up, but things are not the same anymore. I want to win something; I want to leave discipline and integrity in the team when I bow out.'
'We've had opportunities to be great but we let ourselves down. We're learning from our mistakes and things are shaping up. At the last World Cup in South Africa, we could have gone as far as Ghana did but it didn't work out.'
'The home-based players have done creditably, they were impressive in the last match. You have to give the players some credit for a job well done. I'm not threatened by the performance of the defenders in the team; I'm a fighter and I like competition. Competitions bring out the best in me.'
In the meantime, the stand-off between Everton and Fenerbahce rolls on as the transfer price continues to be disputed and Joey's transfer abroad remains in limbo.
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