Now that he has been appointed as one of the coaches for the Super Eagles, it is only natural that I write a Joseph Yobo Biography.
Unfortunately, some fans and a section of the Nigeria media have questioned the decision to appoint Yobo saying he ‘lacks the right qualifications’.
I will deal with the issue of Yobo’s appointment later in this article. For now, let me continue with my Joseph Yobo biography.
Biography Of Joseph Yobo
Born Joseph Philip Yobo to Nigerian parents Williamson and comfort Yobo in Koni, Rivers state, Nigeria on September 6th, 1980.
His father was a renowned journalist, editor and writer who worked with TIDE, newspaper company.
Joseph Yobo has 8 siblings, part of who was an ex-international footballer for Nigeria, Austin Yobo, a FIFA licensed and English FA registered, Gideon Yobo and Nnorum Yobo that made the headlines in 2008 after he was kidnapped and released after 12 days when the ransom was paid.
He grew up in his hometown of Koni, Rivers State and attended formal education while completing primary and secondary education.
Seeing that he had an eye for football, he was enrolled into Michellin-Harcourt at the age of 16 in 1996 and in 1997, he joined Standard Liége club in Belgium.
It kickstarted his European professional career and a first professional debut for him came in 2000. He appeared 46 times and after he impressed a host of other European clubs, he was snapped up by Marseille in 2001.
Soon after making his debut, he was loaned to Tenerife and after around nine months, he returned to Marseille, before joining Everton again on loan, in July 2002.
A £1 million fee was required to register the player, and he became the first signing of the David Moyes era.
An option to make the move permanent was taken up and completed in 2003 after a dispute between him and Marseille, Everton agreed to pay a fixed additional fee of £4 million.
He became one of the most consistent players in the Everton squad and was one of only seven players in the entire league to play every minute of every game throughout the 2006–07 season.
After impressing and being linked to premier league heavyweights Arsenal, he committed his future to Everton on 22 July 2006 signing a contract extension till 2010 and on 25 October 2007 he captained the team in a UEFA cup game against Larissa of Greece making him the first Nigerian to captain Everton.
He was left more on the bench due to the fact that he scored an own goal against Liverpool after taking time to adjust to new defensive partner Dustin after the departure of Joleon Lescott.
On 31 August 2010, he signed for Fernabahçe, a season-long loan that saw him register 30 official matches and scored a goal en route to the league title which in which he later added one more and a double of Turkish cup triumph.
He returned to Norwich on loan in January 2014 and made his debut and kept a clean sheet against High scoring Manchester city.
Yobo is a former Nigeria international, after participating in Nigeria’s run to the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship quarter-finals, he made his senior debut in a FIFA world cup qualifying match against Zambia on 24 March 2001.
And later, he went on to be capped 101 times and represented the Super Eagles at three FIFA World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments before he retired in 2014 on the back of a loss to France in the Round of 16 in the FIFA world cup where he scored an own goal.
He guided Nigeria to its 3rd African cup of nations title.
Joseph Yobo Wife
Joseph Yobo married former MBGN Adaeze Igwe.
You can see footballers too like good things!
But who really is Yobo’s wife? Where is Adaeze Yobo from?
Adaeze Stephanie Chinenye Igwe, who is the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2008 and represented Nigeria at the Miss World 2008, is Igbo from Anambra State.
So how old is Adaeze?
Yobo’s wife was born 14th of April 1990, which right now makes her 30 years old.
You won’t believe that the couple only dated for just three months. I’m surprised the pastor allowed them to go ahead with the wedding! What if something went wrong a few years down the line? Won’t people say the courtship period is the cause?
Anyway, I heard that Yobo’s wedding was done in a low-key ceremony held in Jos.
As expected, they had their first child Joey Yobo in April 2010, just months after.
They didn’t stop there, they went on to have two more children, a boy (Jayden 2015) and a girl (Lexine 2017).
Jayden? Lexine? What kind of names are those? Why not Emeka and Ify?
Wetin concern me, abi?
Yobo is someone who loves children that in 2007, he set up a foundation which he named Joseph Yobo Charity Foundation. It is aimed at helping underprivileged children in Nigeria.
And by 18 July 2007, he has handed out over 300 scholarship awards ranging from primary to university level. You can see that Yobo can be regarded as a generous Father Christmas?!
I also learnt that he started a football academy in the Ogoni region of Nigeria. That’s not all, he also runs football camps in Lagos.
I think to crown Yobo’s effort, in May 2016, he alongside his wife was conferred chieftaincy titles, Mene Aborlo 1 and Waamene Aborlo 1 and it came a day after a novelty match was played to honour him for his services to Nigeria.
JOSEPH YOBO COACHING CAREER
Like I mentioned from the beginning of this post, Yobo was appointed Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles On 12 February 2020, replacing Imama Amakapabo amid hails of jubilations and whistles of reject from some selected section of the fans. See a list of every person who has coached the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
So how much is Joseph Yobo worth?
NET WORTH, CARS AND PROPERTIES
Joseph Yobo Net Worth 2019
As at 2014, he was pocketing a whopping €800,000 and his overall net worth in 2019 was estimated to be around N8 billion/$84 million.
Joseph Yobo House And Car
He owns a custom Ferrari 458 spider worth a little above $275,000 and in addition to that he further owns a Mercedes Benz ML AMG, Bentley, Audi Q7 amongst other flashy cars.
Joseph Yobo Salary
Yobo was involved in a protracted transfer between his former clubs Everton Fc and Fenerbahce.
Joseph Yobo earned £1,974,000 annually at Everton and had to take a slight pay cut after Fenerbahce coughed out £2.5 million to Everton for his transfer.
The cut, however, was not very significant as Yobo’s salary was in the region of £1.8 million in wages per year in the three year deal at Fenerbahce.
Joseph Yobo Mansion
I won’t go on with my Joseph Yobo biography without mentioning how he further owns Mansions across VGC and Abuja and has a duplex in London. And in addition to that, he owns Extreme reloaded, a night club that he purchased for around ₦80 million.