The Nigeria Football Federation has handed Imama Amapakabo the coaching role of the national U-23 team, taking over from Salisu Yusuf who is serving a one-year ban.
Having been named in the coaching crew for the CHAN Eagles/Olympics Dream teams in February 2018, Amapakabo now stands in as head coach of the U-23 team in place of estranged Yusuf.
The former El-Kanemi Warriors coach has been listed by the NFF to run the rule over the Nigeria squad against Libya in next month’s second round of qualifying for the 2019 African Under-23 Cup of Nations finals.
Meanwhile, with Salisu Yusuf set to see the end of his ban in September, it is not certain if the 57-year-old will be reinstated as head coach.
Amapakabo’s immediate assignment is to lead the U-23 team to qualification for the continental competition and possibly guide them to title success at the Egypt 2019 U-23 Cup of Nations in November.
Should the Nigerian team finish in a top-three position at the continental championship, they will represent Africa at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.