Benedict Akwuegbu, a former Nigeria forward, expressed his support for the appointment of Joseph Yobo as assistant coach for the Super Eagles, saying the former captain deserved it, reports sporcity.com.ng.com.
The Football Federation of Nigeria, NFF, on Wednesday 12 February named the former Everton and Fenerbahce defender as a replacement for Imama Amapakabo.
Yobo, 39, has had an illustrious career with the senior national team, accumulating 101 appearances and playing for six major European clubs including Standard Lierge, Belgium (1998-2001), France’s Olympique Marseille (2001-2003), France’s Tenerife (on loan (2001-2002), Everton from England 2002-2012), Fenerbahce from Turkey (2010-2014) and Norwich, England (on loan) (2014).
Akwuegbu told sportcitys.com.ng from his London base that Yobo’s appointment was well deserved.
“It’s a good development. It’s a new dawn that will benefit our football and I think the NFF is now thinking and acting right, bringing former players aboard the national teams coaching staff,” Akwuegbu told sportcity.com.ng
“He really deserved it. He was a disciplined player during his Super Eagles playing days. He was also dedicated, committed and hardworking.
“These are the attributes that have earned him the utmost respect from both his teammates and the referees, and I strongly believe he will do that in his latest mission.”
Akwuegbu added: “I must thank the NFF for this nomination. It shows that now they are starting to recognize former national team players and I believe that Yobo will do a good job that will open doors for other former national team players.
“Yobo will now replace manager Gernot Rohr and possibly take over at the end of Rohr’s contract.”