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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE 

Former Nigeria international Ifeanyi Udeze has urged Gernot Rohr to assign Joseph Yobo as the Super Eagles’ defensive trainer.

Yobo, who is a retired defender, was appointed Nigeria assistant coach earlier this year and he works under head coach Rohr.

The 39-year-old was the captain of the Nigerian national team until his international football retirement in 2014 and is Nigeria’s joint record appearance holder with 101 caps.

Udeze, who commended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for giving the Super Eagles’ captain the opportunity to work with the national team coaches, said the appointment has shown former internationals that the country would always remember even when they have stopped playing.

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" In this modern era of coaching, apart from the head coach, who coordinates all the departments, assistant coaches are assigned to manage some departments of the team. That’s why I think Yobo should be deployed to the Eagles’ defence and the defensive midfield.

" He has played at the highest level of football and acquired enough experience, So, handling these areas will not be a problem for him.

" We should understand that club football is different from national team games. Yobo should be in a better position to talk to the players on the best approach and positioning in the national team.”

Udeze, who played 35 games for Nigeria as a defender, featured in two African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals and the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals, believes the Super Eagles’ defence needs Yobo’s experience.
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