Pinnick: Joseph Yobo can be the new Keshi
- Amaju Pinnick backs the appointment of Joseph Yobo as Super Eagles assistant coach
- The Nigeria Football Federation President says the idea is to nurture the former Captain of the team to be the ‘next Keshi.’
Yobo, who holds the record for joint-most capped Nigeria international was last week appointed Super Eagles assistant coach.
A statement on the NFF website has it that the former Everton defender was appointed to replace Imama Amapakabo.
And amidst backlash and disaffection amidst a section of the Nigerian football fans and local media, Pinnick in an interview with Guardian Nigeria elucidated on the capacity Yobo would function
“The concept behind this is to nurture and condition former captain Joseph Yobo to provide leadership and mentorship for the young team,” The NFF President told Guardian.
“He has an incredible experience playing for some of Europe’s biggest clubs. He is one of our most-capped players ever and also won the Nations Cup.
“I believe that as Nigerians we have a chance to make a positive step forward and it’s important to give him the opportunity to succeed.”
Pinnick explained further that the rationale behind the appointment was to have a home-grown local coach.
According to the NFF President, Nigeria could not continue to rely on foreign coaches.
He added, “Yes, Fifa rules say that the head coach and first assistant coach must have coaching licences, but Yobo is not the first assistant coach, That’s how Stephen Keshi started. Who says Yobo can’t be the next Nigerian to win the Nations Cup as player and coach.
“We can tap into his wealth of knowledge because we cannot keep relying on foreigners as coaches all the time. We as a nation can help build one of our own.”
Yobo, a former youth international represented Nigeria at the FIFA World at the 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup that was hosted in Nigeria, before making his senior debut two years later against Zambia in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match away to Zambia in Chingola in April 2001.
The defender also played in six Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013 – the latter in which he led Nigeria to win her third AFCON title.
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