Ex-Super Eagles defender, Joseph Yobo’s appointment on Wednesday as the Super Eagles assistant coach has led to reactions on Twitter, with somes fans querying his appointment, while others expressed their disappointment.
The former Everton defender enjoyed a 13-year spell in the Eagles, making 101 appearances in 2014, and ventured football punditry, making appearances in high-profile games on TV.
However, the 39-year-old has now ditched punditry for football management following his appointment as the new Eagles’ assistant coach by the Nigeria Football Federation.
The Glasshouse’s decision to replace Imama Amapakpabo with the former Fenerbahce player has irked fans, with some taking to twitter to air their disappointment.
“Wondering what certifications and trainings Joseph Yobo has to warrant his appointment as assistant manager of the Super Eagles – well, Mr Segun Odegbami says coaching certificates don’t matter. End of quote,” Debola Adebanjo tweeted.
Another fan, Captain Jack Sparrow, wrote, “please I want to understand. Does the fact that “Most of the guys in the current Super Eagles grew up watching Joseph Yobo” make it a good appointment or am I missing something here?
“Does being an ex-captain qualify you to be Super Eagles assistant? That is my question. I’m questioning his competence and qualifications for the job, not his influence on young players. Surely we have loads of ex-captains.”
Umar Saad Hassan argued that being a pundit was not enough to land Yobo the Eagles’ job.
“We all watched Joseph Yobo analyzing football on DSTV at #Afcon2019..Like we saw Sunday Oliseh do also at #Afcon2013.I had no complaints with Sunday Oliseh being appointed Eagles coach but I honestly don’t think a guy like Yobo is ripe to assist Rohr.I honestly don’t,” he wrote on Twitter.
A Twitter user known as King of Lagos was more scathing in his response.
“In an ideal situation, a serious nation & a serious F.A will let someone like Emmanuel Amunike with Club coaching & Afcon experience to be a Super Eagles assistant and learning further from Coach Gernot Rohr. But Nigeria will always happen no matter what,” he tweeted.