Super eagles defender and captain Joesph Yobo has been appointed as an assistant coach for the Super eagles by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
Channels Tv reports that he will replace Imama Amapakabo who parted ways with the federation, in the technical crew of the senior men’s national team.
“The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former Super Eagles’ defender and captain Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the team. He replaces Imama Amapakabo in the three -ime African champions’ technical crew,” an NFF statement read.
Yobo played for the Nigeria U-20 team, the Flying Eagles – during the FIFA World Youth Championship (now known as FIFA U20 World Cup) in 1999.
The former Everton, Fenerbahce and Norwich City defender played in six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments between 2002 and 2013 in a 14-year career.
He featured in three World Cup tournaments in 2002, 2010 and 2014, playing 10 matches at the World Cup finals in total – the most appearances for the West African nation on the biggest stage.
Meanwhile Super Eagle’s coach Gernot Rohr has reacted to Yobo’s appointment, according to him he was not informed of the decision to appoint Yobo.
In a chat with the BBC, the German gaffer said: “Joseph Yobo is welcome to the team, of course. I have heard that he has no coaching diplomas, so I will talk to him about this.
“If what I have heard is correct, I will tell Yobo that he needs to do the training required, to grow as a coach.
“The NFF has the right to pick one assistant coach for my staff, so they are the ones to communicate the reasons for the appointment, not myself. I was informed by Amaju Pinnick, in a telephone call, before it was made public.
“I don’t know why Amapakabo has been removed. I worked very well with him. He did a very good job with me.
“I regret his departure. But since the NFF have the right to take this decision, there is nothing I can do about it.”
He added that he would be elated to work with and develop Yobo as well as other coaches in the country.