Joseph Yobo Appointed As Super Eagles Assistant Coach
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Joseph Yobo Appointed As Super Eagles Assistant Coach

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Former Super Eagles defender and captain, Joseph Yobo, has been appointed as an assistant coach to Gernot Rohr by the Nigeria Football Federation.

The ex-footballer, who quit international football after the 2014 World Cup, will replace Imama Amapakabo in the Gernot Rohr's technical crew.

As a footballer, Yobo started representing Nigeria at the youth level, playing for the West Africans at 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup which was known then as the FIFA World Youth Championship.

He progressed to the senior side, making his debut in April 2001 against Zambia in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match.

Yobo was selected for the 2002 world Cup in Korea and Japan where he played in all of Nigeria's three group games against Argentina, Sweden and England. He also featured in the 2010 and 2014 Mundial.

The 39-year-old also took part in six Africa Cup of Nations finals (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013), leading the team to their third continental title in South Africa in 2013.

The Rivers State-born for Everton centre-half is one of two players (the other being Vincent Enyeama) who have been capped 100+ times for Nigeria.

Yobo's club football journey took him across five different countries in Europe, starting from Standard Liege in Belgium where he kicked off as a teenager before making the switch to Marseille in the French top-flight.

Yobo was loaned to the Spanish side, Tenerife in 2001, although he didn't play any games for them before he returned to France. He was then loaned again to Everton in the Premier League in 2002 before the Toffees made the deal permanent the following season.

After eight years in the English topflight, Yobo left to join Turkish giant, Fenerbahce. He spent three full seasons with them before he was loaned back to England (Norwich City) in 2013/2014 season before retiring in 2014.

Since leaving active football, Yobo has been working as a television pundit for several stations, including SuperSports, during the AFCON World Cup tournaments.

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