Yusuf Replaces Siasia as U-23 Coach as NFF Appoints Coaches for National Teams


Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
Home-based Eagles Head Coach to the last African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco, Salisu Yusuf, has been appointed to replace Samson Siasia as the new coach of Nigeria’s Under-23 team to the next Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan.

With Nigeria’s record of gold (1996), silver (2008) and bronze (2016) at the Games, Yusuf who up the ante for Nigeria with the silver medal finish at the 2018 CHAN in Casablanca a fortnight ago, is saddled with the task of leading the Dream Team to qualify for the men’s football event of the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh,’ said yesterday that the appointments of coaching crews of all the national teams, except those of the Super Eagles, Under-20 women (Falconets) and Under-17 women (Flamingos) whose contracts are running
were with immediate effect.

Yusuf ‘Fresh,’ who is also vice chairman of the NFF Strategy Committee, said: “All the coaches will be unveiled at a later date, alongside the coaching crews of the U20 and U17 girls that were appointed earlier as a result of their World Cup qualifying campaigns.”
Officials listed for the positions include;

(1) HOME-BASED EAGLES /OLYMPIC MEN TEAM: Salisu Yusuf (Head Coach); Imama Amapakabo; Kennedy Boboye; Fidelis Ilechukwu; Alloy Agu (Goalkeepers’ Trainer)

(2) U-20 MEN (FLYING EAGLES): Paul Aigbogun (Head Coach); Abdullahi Maikaba; Abubakar Bala; Hassan Abdallah (Scouting); Suleiman Shuaibu (Goalkeepers’ Trainer)

(3) U-17 BOYS TEAM (GOLDEN EAGLETS): Manu Garba (Head Coach); Nduka Ugbade; Jolomi Atune Ali; Bunmi Haruna (Scouting); Abideen Baruwa Olatunji (Goalkeepers’ Trainer)

(4) U-15 BOYS TEAM (FUTURE EAGLES): Alala Danladi Nasidi (Head Coach); Haruna Usman ‘Ilerika’; Ahmed Lawal Dankoli; Patrick Bassey (Scouting); Ernest Salolome (Goalkeepers’ Trainer)

(5) U-13 BOYS TEAM: Jolomi Atune Ali (Head Coach); Jude Agada; Abdullahi Umar Tyabo; Adewale Laloko (Scouting); Adeoye Onigbinde (Goalkeepers’ Trainer)