Disarray As Minister’s Man, Yobo Splits Eagles Technical Crew
By Niyi Busari
There has been an uneasy calm among the technical crew of the Super Eagles since the arrival of the assistant coach, Joseph Yobo, who is allegedly plotted into the team by the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, BSNSports.com.ng can
This, according to an official of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, working with the team and spoke with BSN Sports on condition of anonymity adding that the technical staff of the Super Eagles have been the same page since his arrival.
He added that the Eagles have not won a match since he arrived because he doesn’t bring anything to help the team and warned that Nigeria may not get best of results in as much as both of them (Rohr and Yobo) are working together.
In his words, “Let me tell you one major problem in the Super Eagles now, since the arrival of former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, there has been no victory for the Eagles. What experience or training does he have to help the team as assistant coach? Is he there to create problem or solution?
“Let me also tell you that, Yobo is a very proud man and he has been more of a division than solution. He caused a lot of confusion in the team. He has to adapt to us (the team) not we trying to adapt to him because he is a man of the minister who wants to get rid of the coach.
“Nigeria may not get the best result when both of them (Yobo and Rohr) are working together because it seems he’s been forced on him by the power that be. And the good thing is that the technical staff and players are behind Rohr on this.” The source concluded
In February 2020, the former Nigeria captain was appointed as assistant coach of the Super Eagles. The 39-year-old work with manager Gernot Rohr and replaces Imama Amapakabo in the technical crew, according to the Nigeria Football Federation.
The Super Eagles have not won a match in 2020. Nigeria lost 0-1 to Algeria on October 9th and played a 1-1 draw with Carthage Eagles of Tunisia four days later in two different friendly matches.
In November, the AFCON group L table topper, Super Eagles who had won their first two matches in the 2021 African Nations Cup qualifier were unable to beat Sierra Leone after losing four goals lead to end the game 4-4. The second leg which was the match-day 4 of the qualifier in Freetown also ended in 0-0 draw