Former Super Eagles forward and a one time gold medalist at the Atalanta 1996 Olympics, Daniel Amokachi has been appointed as Special Assistant on Sports to President Buhari.
The appointment was announced on Thursday in a press statement by the Media office of Youth and Sports Development.
The appointment letter which was signed by the secretary to the government of the federation was issued on August 17 and tilted, ‘PMB appoints Amokachi Special Assistant, Sports. It reads;
“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 appointment takes effect from August 11,2020”.
Daniel Amokachi won the FA Cup with Premier League side, Everton in 1995 and he also won the 1994 and 2013 AFCON as player and assistant coach of the Super Eagles. Before his appointment as SA on Sports, he was earlier appointed by President Buhari as the Country’s Football Ambassador.
However, Sport Journalist and administrator, Godwin Enakhena has question President Buhari on his choice of appointment saying that the appointment of former eagles star is not in the best interest of sport development in the country.
“We know the problem in our country, sports is not taken seriously. The question is, who will Amokachi report to? Is it the sport Minister or the President? I think there is no major responsibility attached to the portfolio”, he said.
Amokachi’s former teammate, Mutiu Adepoju describes the appointment as good news for ex-footballers.
“This is why we’ve always called on footballers to add education to their profession,so we can have more opportunities after football”.