By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles captain and striker, Daniel Amokachi, has been elevated to the position of Technical Director of Finnish League side, JS Hercules, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Amokachi was appointed coach of the team in January 2016, but will now work with the team in a bigger capacity. The former Nigeria international revealed the information on his Instagram page on Wednesday.
"Excited to announce that I will be transitioning to the role of #TechnicalDirector at @jshercules #theamokachis #kakkonen #football #futbol,” Amokachi wrote.
The former Everton and Besiktas star began his coaching career with Nigeria Professional Football League side Nasarawa United and later Enyimba Aba.
In April 2007, he quit his role as assistant coach of the Super Eagles, but was reappointed on 10 April 2008, as assistant coach to Shuaibu Amodu, and then as assistant to Stephen Keshi.
An official statement from JS Hercules reads thus:
'In a decision that will change and expand the role Mr. Amokachi has within the Club, Hercules Board of Directors has met with Daniel and we’ve made a joint decision that he will continue with the position of Technical Director of JS Hercules.
"His work as a member of the Hercules family continues in a new capacity, where he can be of tremendous assistance with his strong personal brand and connections. We’re always looking to take the Club forward and this decision has been made to better leverage our current international efforts."
Amokachi in his remark explained that he will continue to help improve the standard of the team although could be able to return to television punditry.
“This decision allows me to proceed with my media work and bring more global recognition to the club, where the coaching role limited me in some aspects from doing what I can do for the club to move forward,” Amokachi stated.
According to the club's statement, Amokachi took the time to explain the decision to the first team together with the chairman : “It was hard for me and for the players, but we all know that this is better for the team. I still go to the training sessions and I will continue to help them with one on one sessions to improve their football skills.“
First team coach, Timo Viitanen, the club further informed, has taken on the responsibility of coaching the first team.
"Timo will continue the strong work carried out by Daniel and following a meeting with the first team, we’re sure they will work with him to achieve the goals we’ve set for the season. The board wishes to thank Daniel for his work over last 14 months and look forward to his efforts in a new capacity."