Akpoborie backs Yobo recall

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Former Nigeria international Jonathan Akpoborie has applauded Stephen Keshi’s decision to recall Joseph Yobo to the national team.

Yobo as invited back for the international friendly against Mexico in midweek but was a late withdrawal due to an injury sustained whilst representing Norwich City on Sunday.

Akpoborie has been impressed with Yobo’s revival following his return to England from Fenerbahce and believes he could have something to add in the Super Eagle’s set-up at the FIFA World Cup.

“Yobo’s return to the Premier League (on-loan from Fenerbahce) is very good for his career and I’m happy with his decision,” Akpoborie told Punch.

“Since he returned to the Premier League from the Turkish league, he has played very well – proving he still has a lot to offer.

“I’m also happy that Keshi has decided to give him a chance to come back to the national team. But Yobo must show he wants to play in the World Cup – he must show hunger for it (a World Cup place).

“He must show in the friendly games (ahead of the World Cup) that he’s not finished yet as some people believe. He must prove he’s good enough to be selected for the World Cup.

“His experience will help the Eagles in Brazil but he must fight his way into the World Cup squad,” he added