The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday, February 12, appointed former Super Eagles defender and captain Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the team.
Joseph Yobo will replace Imama Amapakabo in the technical crew of the senior men’s national team.
He 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 attack-minded defender won his first cap for the senior team in an Africa Cup of Nations; which was a qualifying match away to Zambia in Chingola in April 2001; and played in three FIFA World Cup finals in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
However, while some have queried his seeming lack of coaching experience; another ex-international Mutiu Adepoju has attributed his appointment to Yobo’s service to Nigeria.
Congrats Joseph Yobo. I wish you well. pic.twitter.com/XL6GJTaHEj
— Mutiu Adepoju (@MutiuAdepoju8) February 12, 2020
‘Appointment of Joseph Yobo justified’
“Well, there is nothing bad in it. As we all know, Yobo served Nigeria so much and captained the Super Eagles. In this regard, I feel his appointment is justified,” he revealed to Goal.com.
Joseph Yobo 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 the senior level.
A 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; both 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.