Friday, 21 August 2020 05:21

Buhari appoints ex-Super Eagles striker special assistant on sports

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a former Super Eagles striker and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Mr Daniel Amokachi, as his special assistant on sports.

A statement from media office of Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, said the letter of appointment was dated August 17th 2020 and signed by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha.

The letter stated in part: “I am pleased to inform you that Mr Buhari, President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports.

“The appointment takes effect from the 11th of August, 2020.”

As special assistant on sports, Amokachi is expected to advise the President on all sports matters.

The former Everton of England player was earlier in the year named Nigeria’s Football Ambassador.

Although a ceremonial role, as Ambassador, he is expected to mentor youngsters.

Amokachi, popularly called ‘Da Bull’, began his career in Kaduna with Ranchers Bees Football club, played for Club Brugge of Belgium, Besiktas of Turkey, Everton of England and Colorado Rapids.

He was thrice voted third best player in Africa.

He played in three World Cup finals, won two nations cup as a player and an assistant coach.

Also, Amokachi won Gold medal in the football event of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.

Since his career was truncated by injury, he had coached U-23 National Team, served as an assistant coach of Super Eagles and coached Nasarrawa United.


Daily Trust