US employs Nigerian as head coach Under-16 team

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The U.S. Soccer Federation has appointed US-based Nigerian tactician, Michael Nsien, as the new head coach of the country’s U-16 Men’s youth national football 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 Men’s youth national team.

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 “trailblazer” 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 and the people of Nigeria are exposed and represented in a positive way not just in the U.S. but across the world.