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Joseph Yobo caught in the middle of NFF vs Rohr battle for influence

Last week's hiring of former captain Joseph Yobo as the Super Eagles assistant coach was bound to raise some eyebrows among Nigeria's football faithful, and it definitely did.

To start with, second-guessing the NFF at every turn appears to have become a regular pastime with critics. So it is a damned if they do, damned if they don't situation for Amaju Pinnick and his troops.

However, there is a different -- and altogether justifiable -- take to this current state of affairs: For all his professional...

Nigeria World Cup vet Joseph Yobo 'excited' after landing assistant job

Nigeria have appointed former Everton defender Joseph Yobo as assistant coach of the men's national team.

Yobo, 39, replaces Imama Amapakabo, the 1985 FIFA Under-16 World Cup winner, as one of head coach Gernot Rohr's lieutenants.

Amapakabo, whose responsibility included oversight of the Olympic team and and B side, saw that position compromised when both teams performed abysmally in their respective qualifying campaigns.

It is uncertain if Yobo, who captained the team from 2010 to 2013, the year...

How Odion Ighalo's transfer to Manchester United happened on deadline day

Shanghai Shenhua striker Odion Ighalo almost failed to get his dream transfer to Manchester United on the Jan. 31 deadline day -- a few minutes later, and he could have been at a rival Premier League club instead -- but once things started to move, they did so at lightning pace. A frenetic night of talks spanning Norway, England and China saw it take just eight hours from the first phone call to the final contract signing for United to land the 30-year-old on loan.

The man at...

Nigeria Power Rankings: Iheanacho, Oshoala take leading roles

From near pariah status at Leicester for most of the season, Kelechi Iheanacho finally found his way back into the side in December, instantly exploded with goals and assists for the Foxes over a busy season of festive fixtures.

Those displays earned him a deserved first appearance of the season in the December rankings. But not satisfied with that, the former junior international stepped it up a notch in January, adding goals and an equal number of more assists despite Leicester's fluctuating form...

U.S., South Korea and Nigeria get bold new Nike kits for 2020

U.S. Soccer released its new-for-2020 kits.
The U.S. gets all new kits for 2020.

The U.S. men's national team have been wearing the same white kit since 2018 -- the same kit they were meant to wear to the 2018 World Cup, had they qualified.

But no longer! The U.S. men and women both will wear brand new home and away kits in 2020.

The whites will feature patriotic nods like the red and white stripes on the back of the collar, or the red and blue striping on the cuffs, down the side panels and across the socks. The new darks will play on the U.S.'s nickname, "the States,"...