Nigeria have appointed former Everton defender Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the men’s national team.
Yobo who captain the Super Eagles of Nigeria to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title played 100 times for the national team.
Yobo, 39, replaces Imama Amapakabo, the 1985 FIFA Under-16 World Cup winner, as one of head coach Gernot Rohr’s lieutenants.
Yobo made his Super Eagles debut in April 2001 and went on to play in three FIFA World Cup and six AFCON finals.
“I’m super excited about the opportunity,” Yobo told ESPN. “It’s not something I was expecting so it came as a bit of a surprise, but when the opportunity came I had to grab it. And that’s what makes it so special because I wasn’t chasing it.
“My mentality is super strong. What I will bring to the team is knowledge about the game, my experience as a player who played for over 10 years with the national team and led the team as captain. It is a huge honour to be given this opportunity and I hope I can help the players with an even better appreciation of what it means to represent the country.”
The Port-Harcourt-born Yobo also had a successful club career playing for the likes of Marseille, Everton, Fenerbahce, Standard Liege, Norwich, etc.