THE President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has explained why the football body brought Joseph Yobo into the coaching set-up of the Super Eagles.
According to the President, the governing body is lining up the 39-year-old Yobo for the managers role for the senior men national team, the Super Eagles.
The federation had appointed Yobo, a former center-back for the Premier League team, Everton as second assistant to Gernot Rohr in February, replacing Imama Amapakabo.
Pinnick believes Yobo will add value to the Super Eagles and will follow in the footsteps of former international, the late Stephen Keshi, who guided the Super Eagles to a third trophy at the 2913 Nations Cup.
According to Pinnick, he saw leadership in Yobo as captain of the Super Eagles before his retirement; he was charismatic and carried players in the team was exceptional.
Describing Yobo as a born leader, Pinnick said, “it is for this reason that the federation appointed him one of the coaching assistants in the Super Eagles team.”
He said the NFF was looking up to Yobo to manage the Super Eagles in the nearest future and making him part of the team’s technical crew offers him an ample will opportunity to place himself in the seat as a future Super Eagles coach.
The NFF boss noted that Yobo is the mold of the late Keshi, who was an exceptional leader as the Skipper of the Super Eagles. It was not accidental that Keshi developed from being a top player to the coaching role in the Super Eagles.
“This is therefore not the first time a Nigerian retired player would be given this type of opportunity. Yobo’s presence in the Eagles will help the team,” Pinnick said.
Pointing out that Yobo needs to be encouraged, he reminded his critics that “his career with the national team spanned more than a decade before his retirement in 2014, having made his debut in 2001 against Zambia.
He was to featured in two Senior FIFA World Cups, in 2010 and 2014 while he captained the Super Eagles to continental glory in South Africa.
“He broke into the limelight at the 2002 World Cup, setting up Julius Aghahowa for Nigeria’s only goal in the tournament.
“He also featured at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and captained the Super Eagles to continental glory in South Africa.”
Yobo’s career with the national team spanned more than a decade before his retirement in 2014, having made his debut in 2001 against Zambia.