By Sab Osuji:
Kano Pillars have won the four-horse race for the signing of former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, Completesportsnigeria.com can exclusively report.
Yobo, who will be 36 years on September 6, signed a deal with the League Management Company, LMC, organisers of the Nigerian top flight, Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)which will see the former Everton and Norwich of England defender star for a domestic league club as a means of promoting and adding value to the league by attracting more spectators to the various league match venues.
Yobo who equally featured for Fenerbahce of Turkey during his illustrious career, made 101 international appearances for the Super Eagles, making him the highest capped Nigerian player so far in history.
Following his unveiling by the LMC, no fewer than four NPFL sides, including Fc Ifeanyiubah, Akwa United, Wikki Tourists and Kano Pillars indicated interest in the center-back who was originally scheduled to feature in the last 12 NPFL games.
Alhaji Shehu Dikko, Chairman of the League Management Company, LMC, exclusively revealed to Completesportsnigeria.com that Kano Pillars have become the preferred destination of the defender.
"Kano Pillars", Dikko replied when Completesportsnigeria.com asked him which club Yobo will eventually play for in his celebrated return to the Nigerian domestic top flight.
Prodded on when Yobo is expected to make his debut for the Sai Masu Gida side who have won four league titles, Dikko said that was being worked out, but added that it could be Kano Pillars next (home) game.
"For now, that is being worked out, but we're looking at the next (home) game," Dikko said on Tuesday during the unveiling of the LMC partnership deal with Star beer, as the official beer of the Nigeria Professional Football League at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.
Kano Pillars are slated to travel to struggling Shooting Stars of Ibadan in a match day 33 fixture.
Thereafter, they will return to their Sani Abacha Stadium home ground where they will welcome sixth-placed Sunshine Stars in a match day 34 fixture during which Yobo is expected to make his Nigerian league comeback in the colours of Kano Pillars..