Nigerian-American, Michael Nsien, has been named as the new head coach of the U.S U-16 Men’s youth national football team.
Nsien, who has over 23 years of experience as a player and coach for clubs in the United States, signed a 3-year deal after the appointment by U.S. Soccer Federation.
The Nigerian-born US tactician became the first football manager with Nigerian roots to be appointed to the position after managing USL Championship side, FC Tulsa, for four seasons and leading the side to the MLS Cup playoffs.
Born in Oklahoma, Nsien also 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.
Commenting on his new appointment, he said;
“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.
“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.”