Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf was on Monday named the national Under-23 team’s substantive coach after a raft of changes by the Nigeria Football Federation.
The U23 team had been without a coach since former Super Eagles striker Samson Siasia left the job after guiding Nigeria to a third-place finish at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Yusuf, who took the home-based Eagles to the final of the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco where they were hammered 4-0 by the hosts, will be assisted by El-Kanemi coach Imama Amapakabo, Plateau United coach Kennedy Boboye, MFM coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and Alloy Agu.
Also, Enyimba manager Paul Aigbogun was named head coach of the Flying Eagles, with Akwa United coach Abdullahi Maikaba, Abubakar Bala, Hassan Abdallah and Suleiman Shuaibu as his assistants.
Manu Garba returns to the Golden Eagles after he was re-appointed along with Tunisia ’94 Africa Cup of Nations winner Nduka Ugbade, who assisted him when Nigeria won the UAE 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Jolomi Atune Ali, Bunmi Haruna, Abideen Baruwa Olatunji are the men’s Under-17 team’s other coaching staff members.
The NFF also appointed Manu’s assistant Atune as the head of the Under-13 boys team, with Jude Agada, Abdullahi Tyabo, Adewale Laloko and Adeoye Onigbinde as his assistants.
Alala Nasidi got the Under-15 boys team job, with Haruna Usman, Ahmed Lawal Dankoli, Patrick Bassey and Ernest Salolome as his assistants.
Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee Ahmed Fresh said the coaches were to resume immediately.
“All the coaches will be unveiled at a later date, alongside the coaching staff of the U20 and U17 girls appointed earlier as a result of their World Cup qualifying campaigns,” he said.