The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former Super Eagles’ defender and captain Joseph Yobo as Super Eagles assistant coach.
He replaces Imama Amapakabo, as one of Gernot Rohr’s associates.
A statement by the NFF reads: ‘’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-time African champions’ technical crew’’.
The statement also described Yobo as “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.”
NFF Communications Director Ademola Olajire issued the statement.
Yobo told ESPN: “I’m super excited about the opportunity,”
“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.
“My mentality is super strong. What I will bring to the team is knowledge about the game, my experience as a player who played for over 10 years with the national team and led the team as captain.
”It is a huge honour to be given this opportunity and I hope I can help the players with an even better appreciation of what it means to represent the country.”
Yobo represented Nigeria at Uuder 20 level during the FIFA World Youth Championship (now known as FIFA U20 World Cup) in 1999.
He 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 at three FIFA World Cup finals in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
The defender also played in six Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013 playing a total of 100 matches for Nigeria at senior level.
The 39-year-old led the Super Eagles’ to their third continental title in South Africa in 2013.
Since retirement, the former Toffee has worked as a television pundit and also runs his own football academy.