Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick has come out to say that Joseph Yobo can become the next Nigerian to win the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and coach.
Pinnick believes the ex-Super Eagles defender was appointed to provide leadership plus mentorship for the young team and aid them to tap from his experience.
According to him, he knows he was given the opportunity to succeed so the country can have the chance to tap into his wealth of knowledge.
He added that it is very important for us to build one of our own to succeed in management in years to come.
His words, “The concept behind this is to nurture and condition former captain Joseph Yobo to provide leadership and mentorship for the young team,”
“He has an incredible experience playing for some of Europe’s biggest clubs. He is one of our most-capped players ever and also won the Nations Cup.
“I believe that as Nigerians we have a chance to make a positive step forward and it’s important to give him the opportunity to succeed.
“Yes Fifa rules say that the head coach and first assistant coach must have coaching licenses, but Yobo is not the first assistant coach.
“That’s how Stephen Keshi started. Who says Yobo can’t be the next Nigerian to win the Nations Cup as player and coach.
“We can tap into his wealth of knowledge because we can not keep relying on foreigners as coaches all the time. We as a nation can help build one of our own.”