A file photograph of former Tremendous Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo. Picture: Twitter- @thenff
The Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF) has appointed former Tremendous Eagles defender and captain Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the staff.
Yobo will substitute Imama Amapakabo within the technical crew of the senior males’s nationwide staff.
He performed for the Nigeria U-20 staff, the Flying Eagles – through the FIFA World Youth Championship (now often known as FIFA U20 World Cup) in 1999.
The attack-minded defender received his first cap for the senior staff in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match away to Zambia in Chingola in April 2001 and performed in three FIFA World Cup finals in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
He additionally performed in six Africa Cup of Nations finals – 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013, capping it with main the Tremendous Eagles to their third continental title in South Africa in 2013.
Yobo performed a complete of 100 matches for Nigeria on the senior stage.
He’s a thoroughbred and devoted skilled who performed his membership soccer in 5 international locations, together with sterling appearances for Olympique Marseille within the French high flight, Fenerbahce in Turkey and Everton FC within the English Premiership.
The 39-year-old scored a number of essential targets for the Tremendous Eagles in necessary qualifying matches for the FIFA World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations.
He was additionally among the many scorers when the Eagles thrashed South Africa’s Bafana Bafana Four-Zero in a gaggle section match in Tunisia 16 years in the past.
Born Joseph Michael Yobo on September 6, 1980, the flamboyant stopper additionally performed membership soccer in Belgium with Commonplace Liege, Tenerife in Spain and Norwich Metropolis in England, having began out with Michellin-Harcourt in Rivers State in 1996.