Coach Stephen Keshi has stated he will not disgrace captain Joseph Yobo by calling him up and then dumping him on the bench.
The Eagles coach failed to invite the Fenerbache defender, Yobo, for next month’s friendly against South Africa in Durban after he last featured for the country at the 2013 AFCON.
“It will not be fair to invite Yobo to the national team and asked him to be on the bench, it will be a huge disgrace and I won’t be part of that.
“When the team needs him, he will be recalled and will definitely start as captain even if along the line we substitute him,” said Keshi.
“For the captain of the team, he has to work extra hard to remain so because he is leader of the team and that has been the philosophy of the team since we took over because that was the way we were brought up to captain the national team.” he added.
The Nigeria Super Eagles will face Bafana Bafana in August in honour of the former South African president, Nelson Mandela, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.