Former Super Eagles striker, Emmanuel Emenike is not mincing words in his criticism of the NFF concerning an unfair handling of the testimonial match of the long-serving former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo.
Emmanuel Emenike has described as “an insult” the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to fix another match on the same day Joseph Yobo’s testimonial match will be played, even after they had approved the match to retire the former Super Eagles skipper, according to the Daily Times.
Nigeria will play a friendly against Mali in France on May 27, the same day the Yobo testimonial will be staged in Port Harcourt.
West Ham striker Emenike revealed that the decision of the NFF was disrespectful to the former Eagles skipper and Everton defender, who had served the country with total dedication and a century of caps to prove.
“If we are still on the same page of rebranding football, we should have the common sense of celebrating our heroes so that the younger ones in the team will live by example,” an angry Emenike said.
“Yobo deserves the honour and everybody has to turn up to celebrate him, but it’s unfortunate that it’s the NFF who are now looking like the obstacle to this testimonial. The Super Eagles players are the ones who want to play the Yobo match, tell me how that will be possible if they are in for another national assignment on that same day.
“We should change our mentality of ‘use and dump’ approach in order to reach greater heights of football in the world.
“Yobo was one of the best in Africa during his playing days, he’s a known name all over the world and he should be celebrated in a bigger way. The younger ones are watching, let’s change things.
“I think some people are just unserious about our football. This is a top match and Yobo has written a letter to the NFF before now, so why are they playing this international match also?
“We should also understand that we don’t respect our past heroes, we don’t appreciate the past; we only want people to come and die and forget about their life.
“Without apology, I have decided not to say anything against the federation irrespective of their antics, but this is unacceptable, I hate injustice and we should learn to celebrate our past heroes in order to encourage the younger players in the team,” he concluded.