Nigeria name former captain Yobo as new assistant coach

By Reuters: Thursday, February 13th 2020 at 15:04 GMT +3 | Football
Former Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo. [Courtesy]

Nigeria have appointed former captain Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the men's national team, the Nigeria Football Federation has announced.


The 39-year-old will work with manager Gernot Rohr and replaces Imama Amapakabo in the technical crew of the three-times African champions.

“I’m super excited about the opportunity,” Yobo, who played for Marseille, Everton and Fenerbahce during his club career, told ESPN.

“It’s not something I was expecting so it came as a bit of a surprise, but when the opportunity came I had to grab it. And that’s what makes it so special because I wasn’t chasing it.”

Former defender Yobo earned the first of his 100 caps against Zambia in 2001 and went on to feature in the 2002, 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

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