As reactions continue to trail Super Eagles victory in the 2013 AFCON, former Chairman of Gombe State Football Association, Alhaji Ahmed Shaibu Gara-Gombe has called on the captain of the Eagles, Joseph Yobo to quit the stage now that the ovation in loudest.
The Fernabanche of Turkey player’s unpopularity among football fans in the country was evident during the tournament as he was booed each time he came on as a substitute.
Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, Gombe who was in South Africa to give support to the NFF and the Eagles said Yobo is no longer needed in the team because he is not fit to play at the top level again.
He said as Coach Keshi continues with the rebuilding of the team, he should immediately lay off the excess luggage in the team by dropping some of the players who do not have any meaningful contribution to make to the team.
Gombe said if Yobo insists on staying longer even as it is clear that he is not fit to continue, one day he would be stoned by angry fans.
He said Yobo should learn from the former captain of the team. Austin Jay-Jay Okocha who towards the end of his illustrious career, became so unpopular among the fans that they pelted him with pure water.
The football administrator said in the case of Yobo, the fans may not only stone him sachets of pure water but use stones to chase him away.
His words: “As we celebrate Super Eagles victory, I want to advise the captain of the team, Joseph Yobo to resign now that the ovation is loudest. If he does not quit the stage now, he would be in for big trouble.
“It is clear most Nigerian fans have lost confidence in him. If he does not leave now, one day they would pelt him with stones. Remember that even as Jay Jay Okocha was the fans delight, the moment he could not give the fans what they were used to, they began to pelt him with sachets of pure water. In the case of Yobo, it will be stones.
“As Keshi continues to rebuild the team, he must not hesitate to do away with players who are no longer needed in the Eagles. Players like Yobo have made their contribution and should give way for younger players to take over”.
Gombe maintained that Yobo was responsible for the problems the Eagles faced in their first match against Burkina Faso at the Nations Cup and the moment he was dropped, the defence stood firm to the end.
“We all saw what he did at the Nations Cup. Had Keshi insisted on using him, he would have wrecked the Eagles. Having discovered young and stronger boys to man the defence, I think Keshi should be courageous enough to ask his captain to quit.
“Nobody plays football at the top forever. There is always a time to quit and for Yobo, the time is now”, he insisted.