Ladan Bosso Backs Yobo for Super Eagles Success
By Samuel Victor Akpan
As expected, the appointment of former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo as assistant manager of the national side is still generating more controversy.
The 39-year-old was appointed by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday as Gernot Rohr’s assistant, replacing Imama Amapakabo.
The former Everton defender’s lack of coaching experience however, is bringing criticisms the way of the NFF.
But Ladan Bosso, President of the Coaches Association of Nigeria in an exclusive chat with correspondent Bunmi Blair says suggestions of inexperience should be dismissed. He also assured that appropriate steps were taken by the football association in considering Yobo for the role.
“Even before this time, Yobo has been a registered member of coaching association through Rivers state,” said Bosso.
“I have confirmed everything from Stanley Eguma, he is the Secretary of Coaching Association of Nigeria and Chairman of Rivers state Coaching Association.”
He continued: “Yobo just came back from a course.”
“We have basically three criteria, the first one is your certificate, and then the second one is your playing experience then your working experience. He has two out of the three, the playing experience and the certificate against the working experience.”
Bosso further cleared the air on Yobo’s position on the technical crew of the national team. According to him, Salisu Yusuf remains the first assistant manager to coach Rohr.
“Salisu Yusuf still has a contract with the NFF except otherwise. As I am talking to you, Salisu’s contract with the NFF still reads.”
“And moreso, he (Yobo) is coming there as the second assistant coach not even the first.”