The U.S. Soccer Federation has appointed US based Nigerian tactician, Michael Nsien as the new head Coach of the U.S. U-16 Men’s Youth National team on a 3-year deal.
Nsien, with over 23 years of experience as a player and coach for clubs in the United States, becomes the first Nigerian to take the reign of the U.S. U-16 Boys team.
Coach Nsien, born in Oklahoma of Nigerian roots, holds all the UEFA Pro Coaching licenses and is seen by his peers in the U.S. as a “trail blazer” for black coaches in a sector with very few black coaches.
“I feel really good about getting this role and opportunity as a first generation Nigerian American, it is really important to me that we show that my family name, the people of Nigeria are exposed and representing in a positive way not just the U.S. but across the world.
I think this opportunity will bring life upon my name, my family and my country Nigeria as well and also as an American, i have a great sense of pride to represent our country and to help get the next generation of American players to the forefront”, Nsien said.
The 41-year-old who before now managed USL Championship side FC Tulsa for four seasons, leading the side to the MLS Cup playoffs.
Coach Nsien however hinted that this new role will open new opportunities and new experience for him.
“Coaching internationally for the United States I think puts me in a different pathway with coaching. I was coaching professionally club for five years at a second division level, I think internationally, it opens up more opportunities, more people, get to see who I’m, get to know who I’m and get to represent an entire country of 300 million people, there is a lot of pressure behind that but there is a great reward “.
It will be recalled Coach Nsien showed interest in working with the NFF but was not successful.
Credit: Favour Itua