Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo is delighted to be at the World Cup with Nigeria after recent injuries had left him doubting his own participation.
The defender is preparing for his third finals appearance, but admits he was unsure whether he would be able to travel to Brazil after fitness concerns.
The-33-year-old, loaned to Norwich City from Turkish champions, Fenerbahce for the second half of last season, struggled with a persistent calf problem while at Carrow Road.
Yobo made just eight appearances in over three months and concedes his fitness was a worry heading into the finals.
“This is going to be my third World Cup and I wasn’t fit before this time, so I’m just happy now that I’m ready and that gives me a great joy,” Yobo states.
“At a time I doubted myself, if I was going to make it here (Brazil).
Yobo stressed that achieving his 100th cap for Nigeria is secondary.
“Any other thing that comes after playing the World Cup is an addition, a bonus.
“My main aim is to play for Nigeria and if I achieve any landmark, it is going to be exciting and special as well,” he stressed.