President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Daniel Amokachi, former Super Eagles forward, as the special assistant on sports.
The letter confirming Amokachi’s appointment was signed by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the federal government, and dated August 17, 2020.
In a statement on Thursday, the ministry of youth and sports development said the former Eagles assistant coach is expected to advise the president on sports matters.
“I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari , President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports,” the statement read.
“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.”
The appointment comes about six months after the president named the 47-year-old as the country’s football ambassador.
Amokachi was part of the Nigerian team that participated in the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups in USA and France respectively.
He won the 1994 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and also helped secure the Olympic gold medal in 1996, scoring in the final against Argentina.
During his time as coach, Amokachi managed Nasarawa United and later Enyimba FC of Aba. In April 2007, he left his role as assistant coach of the Nigeria national team.