Joseph Yobo: NFF appoints former Nigerian star as Super Eagles assistant coach

Joseph Yobo: NFF appoints former Nigerian star as Super Eagles assistant coach

- Joseph Yobo has been named Super Eagles assistant coach

- The former Everton defender replaces Imama Amapakabo on the technical team

- Yobo won Africa Cup of Nations title for Nigeria in 2013 and retired from football in 2014

Former Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo has been appointed as the new Super Eagles assistant coach a few weeks to the kickoff of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifiers.

The country's football apex body, Nigeria Football Federation confirmed the news through one of their official channels.

Yobo, who spent ten years in the Premier League representing Everton football club takes over from former Rangers International boss Imama Amapakabo.

The former Eagles captain hanged his international boot in 2014, after making his third FIFA World Cup appearance in Brazil.

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Before his retirement, he helped Nigeria win her third AFCON title when the late Stephen Keshi led the team to conquer Africa.

The 39-year-old grew through the ranks represented the country in six different continental championships - but crowned his efforts with the title in his last outing in South Africa.

Two years after representing the Nigeria U20 boys at the FIFA U20 World Cup in 1999, Yobo won his first cap for the Super Eagles in 2001 against Zambia.

He is one of the two players who played a total of 100 matches for Nigeria at the senior level - Vincent Enyeama is the other star player to have achieved such feat.

Yobo got his European career started with Belgian League side Standard Liege before switching to French League where he played for Olympique Marseille.

Before moving to England, he had a short stint at Spanish League side Tenerife while still contracted with the Ligue 1 side.

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The former defender initially signed a season-long loan deal with the Toffees in 2002 before finally making the deal permanent one year after.

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He, however, stayed at the Goodison Park for a whole decade after which he parted ways with them in 2012.

His last few years in active football were spent at Fenerbahce and Norwich and later hanged his boots in 2014.

The former captain will now join a few of the ex-internationals who have been given opportunities to be on the technical team to tinker the team to success.

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