Celestine Babayaro questioned Joseph Yobo’s coaching credentials

Ex-Nigerian international, Celestine Babayaro, has spoken about the appointment of his former teammate, Joseph Yobo, as Super Eagles assistant coach.

Yobo was announced as Gernot Rohr’s new assistant about two weeks ago, replacing Imama Amakapabo in Nigeria’s technical crew.

The appointment of the former Everton man as Gernot Rohr’s second assistant has drawn criticism from both the media and football world with reports suggesting he doesn’t have any coaching qualification.

And now, Celestine Babayaro, a former teammate of Yobo has joined the conversation. Babayaro said that while he welcomes the idea of getting ex-players involved in the Nigerian coaching set-up, he wants things to be done right.

“From my point of view as an ex-player I think he is a good appointment probably done in a wrong way,” Babayaro told BBC Sport.

“I’m not sure if he’s got his badges but if you are trying to appoint someone you make sure they’ve got the right credentials before you appoint them.

“I don’t care if it’s an ex (player) or whoever, make sure you appoint the right person that knows the job.

“Yes Joseph Yobo has been a captain for Nigeria and he has done well if you want to give him that sort of position make sure he gets the right badges.

“If he hasn’t got his badges, send him somewhere. It takes a few months or less than a year.

“Get the right badges, get the right papers and make him whatever you want to make him.”

There have been differing opinions on Yobo’s appointment with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) coming out to defend its choice of assistant for Gernot Rohr.

“The concept behind this is to nurture and condition former captain Joseph Yobo to provide leadership and mentorship for the young team,” NFF boss, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said.

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