The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has named former Super Eagles defender and captain Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the team.
Yobo is replacing Imama Amapakabo in the technical crew of the senior men’s national team.
He featured 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 got his first cap for 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.
He also featured in six Africa Cup of Nations finals – 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013, capping it with leading the Super Eagles to their third continental title in South Africa in 2013.
Yobo capped a total of 100 matches for Nigeria at the senior level.
He is a thoroughbred and dedicated professional who featuredhis club football in five different countries, including sterling appearances for Olympique Marseille in the French top flight, Fenerbahce in Turkey and Everton FC in the English Premiership.
The 39-year-old scored diverse important 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 goalscorers when the Super Eagles defeated South Africa’s Bafana Bafana 4-0 in a group phase match in Tunisia 16 years ago.