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Football | Tori for Pidgin

Note: this article is written in Pidgin English for a Nigerian audience
Yobo © Gallo Images

Two skippo, one road



Even tho dia waka tay since 1999, Naija Joseph Yobo and Mali Seudou Keita neva gada de kin hailings wey ogbonge playa like Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Emmanuel Adeebayor and Yaya Toure dem don gada.

De fess time de two of dem jam na for Fifa Unda-20 World Cup wey bin hapin for Naija. Dat time, dem be small pikin.

But any time dem meet demsef, dia tori be like real Africa man fite for market day ceremony.

De fess time dem jam for 1999

Yobo and Keita don mature well, well and don become skippo for dia contri since de fess time dem face diasef for Enugu for April 18, 1999, wen Naija bin do Unda-20 World Cup.

Dat time, Yobo use one year senior Keita and hin bin dey play for midfild. Keita na de main de main playa for Mali and dem waya Naija 3-1 for kwatafinal inside Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium for Enugu, come carri third for de World Cup.

Fess & second Nations Cup gbege

De nes time dem jam again na wen Mali do Nations Cup for 2002. Naija and Mali bin dey de same group and na draw dem play for inside Bamako (Mali capital). Dat time, Yobo don shift go defence and na rite back he play.

E no too tay, dem come face demsef for de same Nations Cup, as dem two fite to carri third. Na Yobo laff las, las becos Naija waya Mali 1-kondo.

Monastir gbege

For 2004, wen Naija waya Mali to carri third for inside Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet Stadium for Monastir, inside Tunisia, Yobo bin follow Joseph Enakhire play for defence for Naija, but Seydou Keita no play.

Na de onli time wey dey two of dem no meet demsef for Nations Cup wen Naija follow Mali play.

Equation balance for Takoradi

For 2008, inside Sekondi Stadium for Sekondi-Takoradi (inside Ghana), Naija and Malijam demsef for Group C for January 25. Yobo and Keita bin follow play but na draw dem carri waka.

Naija Supa Eagus bin finish for second, for Ivory Coast back. Mali finish for numba three, afta Naija, and dem pack dia load waka comot for Takoradi.

Fourteen years come pass

Since dat las time, Yobo and Keita no be jus skippo for dia contri, dem be coret oga. Dem don dey reach 'till we meet again' for dia contri futbal and Yobo sef, don be playa wey don tap ball for Naiaj pass anybodi. He don tap ball 90 tines for Naija.

Wen dem face demsef on Wednesday for inside Moses Mabhida Stadium for Durban, e fit be de las time wey Yobo and Keita go jam demsef. Dem don dey dis road since dem be small pikin for Naija, till dem be skippo for dia contri. E be like say Yobo don dey take style dash hin jersey give Kenneth Omeruo and Godfrey Oboabona but Keita na still de main de main playa for Mali.

Yobo sef (he don reach 32yrs now) don hail Omeruo and Oboabona. He tok say “becos persin na small pikin no mean say he no sabi. De two of dem don gada beta sabi from dia club.”

”Dem play match wey carri Naija come dis Nations Cup and some of dem even play Caf Champions Lig wit dia club sef. E don give dem beta confido.”

Anyhow e hapin on Wednesday sha, Yobo or Keita fit carri cup as skippo of dia contri for Nations Cup. Dem too try.

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