Daniel Amokachi: Super Eagles Great Bags Presidential Appointment

Legendary Super Eagles striker and Nigerian Football Ambassador Daniel Amokachi has been appointed as the Special Assistant on Sports to President Mohammadu Buhari.

The appointment was conveyed in a letter dated 17 August 2020 and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha.

“I am pleased to inform you that Mohammadu Buhari , President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports.

The appointment takes effect from the 11th of August, 2020,” the letter stated.

As Special Assistant on Sports, Amokachi, 47 is expected to advise the President on all sports matters.

The Former Everton of England player was earlier in the year named Nigeria’s Football Ambassador. Although a ceremonial role, as Ambassador he is expected to mentor youngsters.

Nicknamed ‘Da Bull’ in his playing days, Amokachi began his career in Kaduna with Ranchers Bees Football club of Kaduna, played for Club Brugge of Belgium, Besiktas of Turkey, Everton of England and Colorado Rapids.

He scored the first-ever goal in UEFA Champions League history following its rebranding from the European Cup in 1992 and was thrice voted the third best player in Africa.

He was capped 44 times by Nigeria and scored 14 goals. He appeared in three World Cup finals and scored in the final match against Argentina as Nigeria’s U23 side won Africa’s first-ever Olympic football gold medal at the Atlanta 96 Games.

He also won the Africa Cup of Nations on two occasions, first as a player in 1994 and then as an assistant to Eagles coach Stephen Keshi in 2013.

He has also coached the U23 National Team and Nigeria Professional Football League sides Nasarawa United and Enyimba as well as Finnish side JS Hercules.