February 12, 2020 at 5:37 pm #9236Tosin SportsKeymaster
The Amaju Pinnick led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former captain Joseph Yobo as the new assistant coach of the senior national team.
The appointment of Yobo comes as a surprise as he replaces veteran local coach Imama Amapakabo.
The announcement of Yobo as part of the Super Eagles crew was done through the social media outlets of the NFF and Super Eagles where they highlighted his biography, achievements and career profile for club and country.
The statement read, “The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed former Super Eagles’ defender and captain Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the team. He replaces Imama Amapakabo in the three –time African champions’ technical crew.
Yobo, who played for the Nigeria U20 boys – Flying Eagles – during the FIFA World Youth Championship (now known as FIFA U20 World Cup) in 1999, won his first cap for the the senior team in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match away to Zambia in Chingola in April 2001, and played in three FIFA World Cup finals in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
The attack –minded defender also played in six Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013, capping it with leading the Super Eagles to their third continental title in South Africa in 2013. He played a total of 100 matches for Nigeria at senior level.
A thoroughbred and dedicated professional who played his club football in five countries, including sterling appearances for Olympique Marseille in the French top flight, Fenerbahce in Turkey and Everton FC in the English Premiership, Joseph Yobo scored several crucial goals for the Super Eagles in important qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations. He was also among the scorers when the Eagles thrashed South Africa’s Bafana Bafana 4-0 in a group phase match in Tunisia 16 years ago.
Born Joseph Michael Yobo on 6th September 1980, the flamboyant stopper also played club football in Belgium with Standard Liege, Tenerife in Spain and Norwich City in England, having started out with Michellin-Harcourt in Rivers State in 1996.”
There have been rumours that the NFF and head coach Gernot Rohr have been unable to reach an agreement over a new deal. Can Yobo take over from the German despite his lack of credentials and experience?February 13, 2020 at 12:52 pm #9271Taiwo FrancisParticipant
Been a good player does not always translate into being a good coach. Well, would have had the opportunity to see his coaching capability if supposing he was to be the head coach.