The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has attempted to explain the football house’s decision to select former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, as the assistant coach of the senior national team.
Addressing reporters on Friday, Mr. Pinnick described Yobo as “the right candidate” to assist Franco-German head coach, Gernet Rohr.
He insisted that the ex-Nigeria international is ideal for the job, because he will use his wealth of experience to mentor the young squad.
“Yobo has good leadership spirit, I also think that he will be a very good mentor to our young players and he also has discipline with a great level of dignity,” Pinnick said.
The Rivers State-born Yobo has no coaching experience. He retired from international football immediately after scoring an own-goal in Nigeria’s 2-0 loss to France in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The former Super Eagles defender, and one of the national side’s longest-serving captains, is now expected to resume his new role when Nigeria faces the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in next month’s CAF African Cup of Nations qualifiers.