Nigeria has appointed former captain Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the men’s national team, the Nigeria Football Federation has announced.
The 39-year-old will work with manager Gernot Rohr and replaces Imama Amapakabo in the technical crew of the three-times African champions.
“I’m super excited about the opportunity,” Yobo, who played for Marseille, Everton, and Fenerbahce during his club career, 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.”
Former defender Yobo earned the first of his 100 caps against Zambia in 2001 and went on to feature in 2002, 2010 and 2014 World Cups