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NFF confirms Salisu for U-23 team job

Home-based Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf has been retained for the job but will now double as the handler of the national U-23 team.


Samson Siasia was the last man to handle the Olympics Eagles and Salisu will be the first man to hold two positions of both U-23 and Eagles B coach.


He will be in charge for Tokyo 2022 Olympics. The former Enyimba Manager will be assisted by El-kanemi coach Imama Amapakabo; Plateau United boss Kennedy Boboye and Fidelis Ilechukwu of MFM FC.


Alloy Agu will serve as the goalkeepers’ trainer. Interestingly, 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winning coach Marnu Garba has returned as the handler of the Golden Eaglets and will be assisted by his former lieutenant Nduka Ugbade as well as Jolomi Atune Ali; Bunmi Haruna (Scouting); Abideen Baruwa Olatunji (Goalkeepers’ Trainer).


Former Enyimba coach Paul Aigbogun is the new head coach of the national U-20 team, the Flying Eagles and will be assisted by Abdullahi Maikaba; Abubakar Bala; Hassan Abdallah (Scouting); Suleiman Shuaibu will be the goalkeepers’ trainer.


NFF technical committee chairman Ahmed Yusuf Fresh has told SCORENigeria Salisu Yusuf and Imama Amapakabo have been drafted to the U-23 team because they are already working with the bulk of the country’s top stars who fall within this age bracket and so the transition will be seamless.


“Many of the players in the Super Eagles like Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Tyronne Ebuehi and Alex Iwobi have worked with these two coaches in the main national team and they are also eligible for the U- 23s.


We will therefore expect continuity with the Olympic team as these coaches have also understudied Gernot Rohr in the Eagles,” Fresh explained. “Also, the likes of Ifeanyi Nweke, Ikouwem Udoh, Sunday Faleye and Nur Mohammed from the CHAN Eagles also fall within this age bracket.”



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