By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Former Super Eagles striker and Nigerian Football Ambassador, Daniel Amokachi, has been appointed as the Special Assistant on Sports to President Mohammadu Buhari.
Amokachi’s letter of appointment dated August 17th 2020 and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha , stated : “I am pleased to inform you that Mohammadu Buhari , President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved your appointment as Special Assistant on Sports. The appointment takes effect from the 11th of August, 2020.”
As President Buhari’s Special Assistant on Sports, Amokachi is expected to advise the the Nigerian head of state 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, aka 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 in the USA.
He was thrice voted the third best player in Africa. He played in three World Cup finals, won two Nations Cup titles as both player and Assistant Coach, to Stephen Keshi, Austin Eguavoen, Samson Siasia and Lars Largerback.
Amokachi also won Gold in the Football event of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Since his careeer was truncated by injury, he had coached the U-23 national team, served as Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles and coached Nasarawa United.
Amokachi (right) receives his appointment letter as President Buhari’s Special Assistant on Sports from the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare