Joseph Yobo has been confirmed as the new assistant coach of Nigeria as a replacement for Imama Amapakabo, who has parted ways with the federation. Yobo, an Everton legend, captained the Super Eagles to a triumphant outing at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, and will now assist head coach, Gernot Rohr.
“The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed former Super Eagles’ defender and captain Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the team. He replaces Imama Amapakabo in the three-time African champions’ technical crew,” an NFF statement reads.
Yobo graduated to the Super Eagles after representing the country at U20 level during the 1999 Fifa U20 World Cup. His country’s second most capped player, Yobo won the first of his 100 caps for Nigeria against Zambia in Chingola in 2001.
The former Everton, Fenerbahce and Norwich City defender played in six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments between 2002 and 2013 in a 14-year career. He featured in three World Cup tournaments in 2002, 2010 and 2014, playing 10 matches at the World Cup finals in total – the most appearances for the West African nation on the biggest stage.
Yobo became the first African to captain Everton in October 2007 and made more than 250 appearances for the Toffees, helping them qualify for the Champions League in 2005 and playing in the side that lost the 2009 FA Cup final to Chelsea.