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Salisu lands U23 Job, Manu, Ugbade Return To Eaglets


Salisu lands U23 Job, Manu, Ugbade Return To Eaglets

Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf was on Monday named the national Under-23 team’s substantive coach.

The position had been vacant after Tunisia ’94 Africa Cup of Nations winner Samson Siasia guided Nigeria to a third-place finish (bronze) at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

According to the Nigeria Football Federation, Salisu, who helped Nigeria reach the final of the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco where they were humiliated 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.

Enyimba manager Paul Aigbogun landed the Flying Eagles head coach job, with Akwa United coach Abdullahi Maikaba, Abubakar Bala, Hassan Abdallah and Suleiman Shuaibu as his assistants. The men’s Under-20 team became managerless after Emmanuel Amuneke was sent packing after Nigeria failed to qualify for the South Korea 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup won by England.

Manu Garba staged a comeback 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 was named the coach of the Under-15 boys team with Haruna Usman, Ahmed Lawal Dankoli, Patrick Bassey and Ernest Salolome as his assistants.

Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee Ahmed Fresh told that the coaches were to resume immediately.

The vice-chairman of the NFF Strategy Committee said, “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.”

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