WHEN Joseph Michael Yobo, former Captain of Nigeria’s senior national football team, the Super Eagles, was appointed Assistant Coach of the team, opinions were divided in football circles.
Those who applauded the appointment pointed to his rich resume which included the rare accolade of being capped 101 times as he represented the Super Eagles at three FIFA World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
And those who frowned were quick to point to his inexperience. But, on February 12, 2020, Yobo was confirmed Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles. The national teams have remained the unifying factors for the country and most Nigerians who bemoan the woes of the nation have resorted to football for succour.
Recently, the Super Eagles played the Mexico national team in an international friendly in the USA. With the absence of the foreign-based, a rare opportunity fell on Nigeria’s domestic players to represent the country. There is no trophy for winning a friendly match. But most countries use friendly matches as pedestals to achieve the ultimate goal.
Unfortunately, the Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, who has not hidden his love for already-made foreign-based players, turned his back on the home-based Super Eagles.