Former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo has signed for Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Kano pillars until the end of the season.
Yobo, 35, who announced his retirement from active football in June 2016 has now reached an agreement to become an ambassador for the League Management Company (LMC), thereby making himself available to play for any interested top-flight side.
The former Everton star will make his NPFL debut on Saturday when Sai masu gida take on Sunshine Stars of Akure. Kano Pillars are currently ninth on the NPFL log with 45 points from 31 games, and will be counting on the experience of Yobo to make a charge for a fifth league title.
The Elite Players Scheme, one of the many praiseworthy innovations of the Shehu Dikko-led LMC, assigns players of international repute to Nigerian clubs in a bid to raise the profile of the league.
It is also done with a view to bring star quality to the local scene, as this will in turn attract more fans to local stadia and promote viewership during their short stints.
One of the first beneficiaries of the schemes was former Super Eagles midfielder Sani Kaita who joined Enyimba FC for a three-month stint in 2014.
Yobo had a glittering international career with the Super Eagles, featuring in three Fifa World Cups and six Africa cup of Nations. And he became the first Nigerian player to reach 100 caps.