“Not Ripe,” Nigerians Spew Fire Over Joseph Yobo’s Appointment As Super Eagles Coach

Former Super Eagles defender and captain Joseph Yobo was appointed to replace Imama Amapakabo as Super Eagles’ assistant coach by the Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday.

Yobo was a member of the Flying Eagles team that represented Nigeria at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship (now known as FIFA U20 World Cup) and had his first game in a Super Eagles’ jersey in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match away to Zambia in Chingola in April 2001.

He went on to play in six editions of the competition of which he led Nigeria to win the 2013 edition at South Africa.

He played in three FIFA World Cup finals in 2002, 2010 and 2014.

As news of his appointment broke, Nigerians trooped to Twitter to react to the appointment of the 39-year-old who played a total of 100 matches for Nigeria at senior level.

A great number appeared rather surprised about the appointment and feel the former Fenerbahce defender does not have the needed qualification or experience for the job.

Despite Yobo’s imposing character and influence, a section of Super Eagles supporters still feel he is not the round peg for the job.

A few others went political.