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Ex-Captain Yobo replaces Amapakabo as Super Eagles assistant coach

Joseph Yobo
A former captain of the Super Eagles, Joseph Yobo has been appointed assistant coach of the senior national team. The appointment was announced yesterday by the Nigeria Football Federation in a press statement. 

Yobo, who played for the Nigeria U20 boys – Flying Eagles – during the FIFA World Youth Championship (now known as FIFA U20 World Cup) in 1999, won his first cap for the senior team in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match away to Zambia in Chingola in April 2001, and played in three FIFA World Cup finals in 2002, 2010 and 2014. 

The attack -minded defender also played in six Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013, capping it with leading the Super Eagles to their third continental title in South Africa in 2013.

He played a total of 100 matches for Nigeria at senior level.

Born Joseph Michael Yobo on 6th September 1980, the flamboyant stopper played his club football in five countries, including sterling appearances for Olympique Marseille, Fenerbahce, and Everton FC. He also played club football in Belgium with Standard Liege, Tenerife in Spain and Norwich City in England, having started out with Michellin-Harcourt in Rivers State in 1996.

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