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Good appointment done in wrong way – Babayaro slams Yobo’s appointment

Celestine Babayaro on Yobo

Credentials matter also when appointing the right person – Celestine Babayaro says on NFF appointment of Joseph Yobo as a Super Eagles’ assistant coach

The appointment of Joseph Yobo as an assistant coach to Gernot Rohr has continued to generate divided views, as Celestine Babayaro has branded the appointment ‘a good one, done in the wrong way.’

Yobo, who holds the record for joint-most capped Super Eagles player was appointed by the Nigeria Football Federation {NFF} to replace Imama Amapakabo as the national team second assistant manager.

Amidst criticisms that have trailed the appointment, the NFF president Amaju Pinnick last week came out to the defence of the former defender – saying the rationale behind the appointment was to nurture another ex-international to be the new Stephen Keshi.

Pinnick told Guardian Nigeria, “The concept behind this is to nurture and condition former captain Joseph Yobo to provide leadership and mentorship for the young team.

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.”

The NFF President added that Nigeria could not forever rely on the services of foreign coaches.

However, Babayaro, who was alongside Yobo in the squad to the 2002 World Cup and two years later at the Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia chided the appointment.

According to the former Chelsea and Newcastle defender, credentials should be sacrosanct irrespective on who the football federation is appointing.

Babayaro told BBC Sports, “From my point of view as an ex-player I think he is a good appointment probably done in a wrong way,

“I’m not sure if he’s got his badges but if you are trying to appoint someone you make sure they’ve got the right credentials before you appoint them. I don’t care if it’s an ex (player) or whoever, make sure you appoint the right person that knows the job.

“Yes Joseph Yobo has been a captain for Nigeria and he has done well if you want to give him that sort of position make sure he gets the right badges. If he hasn’t got his badges, send him somewhere. It takes a few months or less than a year.

“Get the right badges, get the right papers and make him whatever you want to make him.”

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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