29 YEARS AFTER, DANIEL AMOKACHI SUCCEEDS MUDA LAWAL AS NIGERIA’S FOOTBALL AMBASSADOR

BY KUNLE SOLAJA

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed retired Nigerian professional footballer, former Super Eagles player Daniel Amokachi, Nigeria’s Football Ambassador.

The player, popularly known as “The Bull” thus becomes the second former international footballer to be designated as Nigeria’s Football Ambassador.

On March 14, 1991, the then President Ibrahim Babangida designated Muda Lawal as Nigeria’s Football Ambassador. But barely six months later, he died on July 6, 1991 in Ibadan.

Amokachi’s appointment was announced through a press release signed by Garba Shehu, a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.

Amokachi, a member of the 1994 Super Eagles Team that won the Africa Cup of Nations 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 sports men and women.