The US Soccer Federation has named Nigerian gaffer, Michael Nsien as the new head coach of the country’s U-16 men’s national team on a three-year deal.
With this appointment, Essien becomes the first Nigerian to coach the national team in the United States of America.
Nsien, born in Oklahoma of Nigerian descent, holds all UEFA professional coaching licenses and is considered by his peers in the United States to be a “trailblazer” for black coaches in an industry with very little professional coaching. black coaches.
“I feel really good to have this role and opportunity as a first generation Nigerian American, it’s really important to me that we show that my family name and the Nigerian people are exposed and represented in a positive way, not just in the US but across the world.
“I believe this opportunity will bring my name, my family and my country Nigeria to life and also as an American I have a great sense of pride in representing our country and helping to put the next generation of American players at the forefront,” Nsien said.
The 41-year-old led FC Tulsa for four seasons, leading the team to MLS Cup playoffs.
Nsien, however, hinted that this new role will open up new opportunities and experiences for him.
Michael Nsien is a Nigerian-American former professional football player and manager.