Joseph Yobo
Joseph Yobo

Super Eagles Coach Speaks On Yobo’s Appointment

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr, has spoken about the appointment of Joseph Yobo by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as his new assistant.

The NFF, on Wednesday, confirmed that the former Nigerian international has been added to Rohr's technical crew, replacing former assistant, Imama Amakapabo.

Although the German tactician admitted that he was fully aware of the decision, he aimed a sly dig at his new assistant as regards to not having any coaching qualifications.

In a chat with Osasu Obayiuwana, the 66-year-old said he regretted the removal of Amapakabo but had to accept it since it was the decision of his employers.

"The NFF has the right to pick one assistant coach for my staff, so they are the ones to communicate the reasons for the appointment, not myself. I was informed by Amaju Pinnick, in a telephone call, before it was made public," Rohr told Osasu.

"I don't know why Amapakabo has been removed. I worked very well with him. He did a very good job with me.

"I regret his departure. But since the NFF have the right to take this decision, there is nothing that I can do about it."

Rohr's new assistant has lots of experience from playing in some of Europe's top leagues, including Premier League side, Everton, where he spent eight years of his career playing under some of the best coaches.

However, Yobo reportedly has no coaching qualification, something the Franco-German coach admitted he would talk to him about.

"I have the responsibility to develop coaches from Nigeria as agreed with NFF. I am more than happy to do that, " Rohr continued.

"Joseph Yobo is welcome to the team, of course. I have heard that he has no coaching diplomas, so I will talk to him, about this.

"If what I have heard is correct, I will tell Yobo that he needs to do the training required, to grow as a coach.''

Nigeria faces Sierra Leone in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier doubleheader next month and that game could be Yobo's first assignment as assistant coach of the team, which he captained to a third continental title in 2013.

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