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NFF Name New Coaches For Olympic Eagles, Flying Eagles, Golden Eaglets

NFF Name New Coaches For Olympic Eagles, Flying Eagles, Golden Eaglets

By Johnny Edward: The Nigeria Football Federation have named Salisu Yusuf, Paul Aigbogun and Manu Garba as the head coaches of the national U-23, U-20 and U-17 teams, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

According to the NFF’s official website, Yusuf who guided the Super Eagles B team to the final of the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco will retain his position of the head coach and will also be the coach of the U-23s Olympic team.


The former Kano Pillars coach will be assisted by El Kanemi Warriors coach, Imama Amapakabo, Plateau United boss Kennedy Boboye and MFM head coach Fidelis Ilechukwu. Alloy Agu will be the team’s goalkeeper trainer.

Enyimba coach Paul Aigbogun was named as the head coach of the national U-20 team thebFlyung Eagles and he will be assisted by Akwa United coach Abdullahi Maikaba and Abubakar Bala. Hassan Abdallah will serve as a scout to the team while Suleiman Shuaibu will be the team’s goalkeeper trainer.

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Manu Garba retains his job as the head coach of the Golden Eaglets. Garba will be assisted by Nduka Ugbade, Jolomi Atune Ali and Abideen Baruwa. Bunmi Haruna will serve as the scout of the team.

For the U-15 boys, Alala Danladi Nasidi was named as the head coach and the trio of Haruna Usman ‘Ilerika’, Ahmed Dankoli and Ernest Salolome will be his assistants.
Patrick Bassey will be the scout attached to the team.

Jolomi Ali was named the head coach of the U-13s and his assistants are Jude Agada, Abdullahi Tyabo and Adeoye Onigbinde and Adewale Laloko.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ told thenff.com that the appointments are with immediate effect and that his committee has done due diligence on all the names and approved the constitution.

“All the coaches will be unveiled at a later date, alongside the coaching crews of the U-20 and U-17 girls that were appointed earlier as a result of their World Cup qualifying campaigns,” Fresh said.

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  • Good appointments, hope they all qualify for the various competitions and most importantly discover talented players for the senior team

  • Is there any local coaches better than salisu yusuf today ?

  • Victor Onyeanum 4 years ago

    After the Super Eagles, the next team is the U-23 team. Salisu Yusuf may have won the league in Nigeria but that alone does not qualify him to be in charge of the team. Before Keshi, Oliseh, Amuneke , Eguaveon, etc were appointed coaches of our national teams, they did not win the league. Yomi Tella, Manu Garba, Christian Chukwu and Ladan Bosso did not win the league. Yes, Yusuf and his team fumbled and wobbled to the final of CHAN but can we sincerely say that they played well? The appointment of national team coaches should not be based on winning the league, not with the win-at-home mentality. Yusuf’s tactical savvy leaves much to be desired. We all saw this at CHAN. The U-23 team is not Kano Pillars or any other club in Nigeria which must win at home or the referees will be beaten. I believe there are better coaches in Nigeria and abroad who can handle that team and come out with respectable results engendered by respectable performances.

  • Abdulrazak 4 years ago

    @Victor Onyeanum, put your money where your mouth is. Name the coaches that are in your opinion, better than Salisu Yusuf.

  • Giving coaches multiple teams to handle means that we are lacking enough coaches. So NFF should as a matter of urgency train more coaches.

  • I don’t think that salisu yusuf has what it takes to handle the U23 team. I doubt if we will qualify for the next olympic football event and if we do qualify,the team will really make any serious impact.