Reactions has trailed the appointment of Joseph Yobo, as the assistant coach of Nigeria Super Eagles by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday.
Yobo has captained Super Eagles for about seven years, and had also recorded 100 caps for the national team. He is to replaced his brother Imama Amapakabo, coincidentally both of them hails from Rivers State.
In his reaction, the former chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Rivers State chapter, Celestine Ogolo said the appointment of Yobo is a perfect one.
He explained that, Yobo been captain of the team for number of years has gotten the experience to transform the team.
“Something you cannot take away from him is his bundle of experience. Besides, experience is something you cannot buy in the market. With that he will do a perfect job,” Ogolo said.
According to him, it is an ideal choice by bringing back an ex- international that will add more glamour to the team.
Reacting , coach Sunny Iseokwehma said that, Yobo is capable for the job, because he has a lot of knowledge in the round ladder game.
“I am delighted for his appointment. NFF should have also announced the Super Falcons team coach that has been without coach for some time now” Iseokwehma said.
“ This appointment will be part of education for him because he will learn from the chief coach,”he stated.
However, he said he do not know whether the Everton legend has coaching experience or not but he thinks he can count on his experience.
In his opinion, former Go-Round Head Coach Smart Justin said there was nothing bad in Yobo’s new position, saying that the former Eagles captain has a lot of experience.
” He a good player but that does not mean he must be a good coach as well, saying that coaching job is different from playing,” he stated.
By: Kiadum Edookor
Arsenal’s Saka Excites NFF President
President of Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick had nothing but praise for Arsenal wonderkid Bukayo Saka as he spoke about foreign-trained players who can add value to the Nigerian national teams instead of other countries securing their services.
Pinnick has likened the Hale End Academy product to a goldfish with no hiding place, saying that the winger does not need to lobby before he is invited to the Super Eagles.
Since the experienced Delta State administrator became the NFF boss, foreign-trained players such as William Troost-Ekong, Carl Ikeme, Ola Aina, Brian Idowu, Joe Aribo, Maduka Okoye, Tyronne Ebuehi and Josh Maja have chosen to pledge their international futures to Nigeria over their countries of birth.
In an interview with Tidesports source, Pinnick stated : “A lot of people call me, ‘I have a boy that is very good, he’s 21, he’s an exceptional player, he can fit in into any team’.
“The first thing I say to them is that it’s a lie. Once a player is exceptional, it’s like a goldfish that has no hiding place.
“If you see somebody like Bukayo Saka for example, do you need anybody to sell that player? You don’t need anybody.
“There are shortage of good players globally, so once a player is exceptional that player is a goldfish and he’s surrounded by people that have interests immediately.”
The 18-year-old Saka has established himself as a first team regular for Arsenal this season despite the presence of more experienced players, making 29 appearances in all competitions.
Ex-Liverpool Player Wants To Play For Nigeria
Former Liverpool defender Michael Ihiekwe has been named to the League One Team of the Season so far in the 2019-2020 campaign by Whoscored in partnership with Sky Sports.
Ihiekwe has been a key player for high-flying Rotherham United who are bidding to return to the English Championship at the first time of asking.
The Liverpool-born center back has contributed to an impressive 7 goals (4 goals, 3 assists) from 38 games across all competitions and has been yellow carded on four occasions.
Described as a defender with robust physical presence, pacy, dominant in the air and descent on the ball, Ihiekwe has committed his international future to Nigeria over his country of birth.
Explaining the choice of Ihiekwe in the Best XI, Ben McAleer wrote : “Ihiekwe has returned a rating of 7.42 this season, that the second-best in League One.
“Maximising a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘aerial duels’, Ihiekwe is winning more headed battles per game (7.9) than any other League One player this term to help feature in this team.”
Yobe Stars Mgt Slashes Salaries By 75 Percent
The management of Yobe Desert Stars have resolved to cut down the club’s expenses following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rising from a meeting held on Friday, the club said players and technical crew of the main team will be receiving 25% of their monthly allowance while the feeder and Under-15 teams will receive 50% of their allowances.
This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of the management committee, Hon Goni Bukar Lawan. Yobe Desert Stars is the first Nigerian club side that will be reducing the salaries of its team.
It will be noted that with the suspension of football activities across the globe, clubs in top leagues such as La Liga, Serie A, and English Premier League have begun to cut down the weekly salaries paid to their players.
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