The former Eagles player and coach Daniel Amokachi has been chosen as the Nigerian football ambassador by President Muhammadu Buhari. The 47 old star was among the players who wrote the name of the country on the global map in the world of football.
They took home the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time and they qualified for their first-ever FIFA World Cup in the United States in 1994. The national team succeeded in achieving their highest world ranking position after climbing to fifth on the global ranking, the highest any African country has reached in history.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed retired Nigerian professional footballer, former Super Eagles player, and Assistant Coach, Daniel Amokachi, Nigeria’s Football Ambassador.”
“Amokachi, a member of the 1994 Super Eagles Team that won the African Nations Cup in Tunisia, was also in the Nigerian Olympic Football Team to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics that won the Gold Medal.”
“In addition to his football exploits in Europe, particularly in England where he won the FA Cup with Everton in 1995, Amokachi after retirement has managed Nasarawa United and Enyimba Football Club of Aba.”
“As Nigeria’s Football Ambassador – a largely ceremonial role – Amokachi will assist the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to scout for talents, be part of processes to revive the country’s football development, as well as mentor young sportsmen and women.”
He also won a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games – another first for an African country on the world stage.
Amokachi scored twice at the maiden appearance for the Super Eagles in the United States but could not go past the second round stage.
After he retired his football boots, he then got a job on coaching where he managed the national team and a few Nigerian Professional Football League clubs. He later became the manager of Finland’s top club JS Hercules but only for the short period.