Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has finally his silence following Wednesday’s appointment of former captain, Joseph Yobo, by the Nigeria Football Federation, as the new assistant coach of the national team, replacing Imama Amapakabo.
The German-Franco coach revealed Yobo who would be having his first stint in coaching would have to get a coaching licence if he must succeed as a coach.
“The NFF has the right to pick one assistant coach for my staff, so they are the ones to communicate the reasons for the appointment, not myself. I was informed by Amaju Pinnick, in a telephone call, before it was made public. I have the responsibility to develop coaches from Nigeria as agreed with NFF. I am more than happy to do that.” Rohr told BBC journalist Osasu Obayiuwana.
“Joseph (Yobo) is welcome to the team, of course. I have heard that he has no coaching diplomas, so I will talk to him, about this. If what I have heard is correct, I will tell Yobo that he needs to do the training required, to grow as a coach.”
“I don’t know why Amapakabo has been removed. I worked very well with him. He did a very good job with me. I regret his departure. But since the NFF has the right to take this decision, there is nothing that I can do about it.” Rohr said as he queried Amapakabo’s removal, stating that the former Enugu Rangers coach did well during his time as his assistant.
Yobo is expected to be on the bench when the Eagles host Sierra Leone in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next month.