The US Soccer Federation has appointed a Nigerian as the new head coach of the US U-16 men’s youth national soccer team. 

Fort-one-year-old Michael Nsien, a tactician with over 23 years experience in soccer playing and coaching in the US, becomes the first Nigerian head coach of the U.S. U-16 men’s youth national team.

Nsien, who was born in Oklahoma, holds all the UEFA Pro Coaching licenses and is seen by his peers as a “trailblazer” for black coaches in a sector with very few blacks.

“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,” he said.

“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 previously managed USL Championship side FC Tulsa for four seasons, leading the side to the MLS Cup playoffs. 

He says his new role will open new opportunities and new experiences for him.

His appointment is for three years.


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