Former Super Eagles defender, Ifeanyi Udeze has stated delight with the reunion he had with erstwhile national team captain, Joseph Ikpo Yobo at an event that brought together many ex-internationals last weekend.
Footballlive.ng gathered that both former members of Nigeria’s back-four got together for an all-stars’ game in Lagos, during which they took time to share old time memories, and Udeze confessed afterwards that it was an evening well spent with his erstwhile colleague in the Eagles.
Incidentally, Udeze got his debut for the Eagles before Yobo, as the 1997 Meridian Cup gold medalist with the Golden Eaglets was already regular as Nigeria’s starter at left-back before Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup.
Yobo played as back-up in defensive midfield during that year’s event, which came three years after he was also a substitute striker with the under-20 team, Flying Eagles at the 1999 World Youth Championship (WYC) on home soil in Nigeria.
Their paths soon crossed at opposing ends, as Udeze went on to sign for West Bromwich Albion of England, and Yobo ended up in the same country at Everton, where he was first converted to play at right-back, before he later moved into central defence.
Such were the memories they both shared at the weekend, after which Udeze took to social media and posted: “Me n Joseph Yobo doing it like we r in d old day, how time flies.”