Not many people are aware of the coaching credentials of the newly appointed coach of the Nigeria Under-20 Paul Aigbogun. The man saddled with the responsibilities of bringing the Nigerian team back on track.
The team failed to qualify for the last African Youth Championship, and Aigbogun who was appointed few weeks ago has his job cut out in trying to bring them back to the force they once were before the lows of last years.
So many people are not fully aware of the certification of the Enyimba coach, but Owngoalnigeria.com Osas Mahawi has dug out five facts to prove that his appointment based on certification could be a master stroke for Nigerian football.
1. Coached In Wales, USA and England.
The soft spoken coach of Enyimba has had coaching stints in Wales and the United States of America, with the highlight of his career coming at English League side Bury where he was the head of youth football. More importantly he helped nurtured the talent of Turkish international striker Colin Kazim-Richards.
2. Got His UEFA A License In 1999
Not many are aware that at a point in time he was among the youngest coaches to bag a UEFA A coaching licence way back in 1999. Since then he has attended several renewal courses, the last of which he had last year in June.
3. Turned Down Hearts Of Oaks Job For Coaching Course
Ghanaian league giants Hearts of Oak were confident they have pulled a major coup after convincing Aigbogun to join them last season. However the timing wasn’t favourable it coincided with when he was due for a refresher UEFA coaching course in England.
4. One Of The Longest Serving Coaches In Nigeria
Paul Aigbogun has been a coach for over 18 years, and ranks highest among Nigerian coaches who have coached abroad. As a matter of fact he has coached in four different countries namely Wales, USA, England and South Africa aside stints in Nigeria.
5. AFCON 2013 Hero Sunday Mba Lead Eagles Stars Who Have Worked Under Him
Sunday Mba remembered by many as the man who scored the goal which ended Nigeria’s long wait for the African Cup of Nations title worked under the guidance of Aigbogun at Warri Wolves same year his goal helped Nigeria clinched the AFCON trophy.
Chigozie Agbim, Daniel Akpeyi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Gbolahan Salami and Azubuike Egwuekwe are few of the rest players who played under Aigbogun before progressing to the senior national team of Nigeria.