Super Eagles assistant coach Joseph Yobo described the late Stephen Keshi as a major motivation in his football career.
Keshi passed away in 2016, after successfully leading Nigeria to an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) victory in 2013, as well as taking the team to the second round of the 2014 World Cup.
And Yobo who captained the Eagles to lift the AFCON trophy in South Africa has revealed that the former Togo gaffer always told him he (Keshi) saw his younger self in him.
The former Everton defender said this on Saturday, in a live chat on Instagram with the special adviser to the Cross River Tourism Governor, Ubi Offem.
According to him, he was very close to the trainer born in Delta when he was alive and they spoke frequently.
“Keshi said he sees himself in me and that I was the youngest Keshi,” said Yobo.
He added that Keshi helped shape him for the captain of the Super Eagles and believed in him a lot.
In addition, he said he was not really interested in leading the Super Eagles, emphasizing that playing for Nigeria was his ultimate goal.
In addition, he revealed that he left Everton for Fenerbahce in Turkey due to his search for trophies and also in the UEFA Champions League.
“I wanted to win trophies and I wanted to play in the Champions League,” he said.