Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo admits that he suffered self-doubt and feared injuries would cost him a place in the 2014 World Cup.
Yobo missed over 5 months of his time at Fenerbahce through injury, before he went on-loan to Norwich in the English Premier League where he missed the last five games to injury as Norwich suffered relegation.
“This is going to be my third World Cup and I wasn’t fit before this time so I’m just happy now that I’m fit and ready and that gives me great joy,” the defender told KickOffNigeria.com.
“Because at a point I doubted myself if I was going to make it here because of injuries. But I’m here now, I’m fit and ready to go.”
Yobo is on the threshold of becoming the first player to reach one hundred appearances for Nigeria, but he says that is not a consideration for him.
“Any other thing that comes after playing the World Cup is an addition, is a bonus.
“My main focus is playing for Nigeria, doing well for Nigeria and if I achieve any landmark, it’s going to be exciting and special as well.”
Nigeria kick-off their World Cup campaign on June 16 against Iran in Curitiba.