Gernot Rohr has delivered a verdict on Joseph Yobo’s appointment by Nigeria Football Federation as Super Eagles assistant coach.
The 39-year-old Portharcourt-born brought in to replace Imama Amapakabo who failed to qualified Olympic team and CHAN Eagles to two different tournaments later this year after the former Enugu Rangers manager was covering for Salisu Yusuf who was banned for accepting cash from undercover journalists posing as agents.
Rohr is okay with the decision, he has urged the former Super Eagles captain to get a coaching license to thrive on the job despite Yobo has no coaching qualifications as he told BBC: “Joseph Yobo is welcome to the team, of course. I have heard that he has no coaching diplomas, so I will talk to him about this.
“If what I have heard is correct, I will tell Yobo that he needs to do the training required, to grow as a coach.
“The NFF has the right to pick one assistant coach for my staff, so they are the ones to communicate the reasons for the appointment, not myself. I was informed by Amaju Pinnick, in a telephone call, before it was made public.
“I don’t know why Amapakabo has been removed. I worked very well with him. He did a very good job with me.
“I regret his departure. But since the NFF have the right to take this decision, there is nothing I can do about it.”
Yobo is expected to be on the bench when Super Eagles host Sierra Leone in Uyo at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier next month