Late Yemi Tella was born in Lagos in 1965, he developed a love for football and decided to become a soccer coach since he did not have the flare to play the games, so he embarked on his journey to becoming a soccer coach at the National Institute for Sports (NIS) Surulere, Lagos.
Kabiru Akinsola played an integral part of coach Yemi Tella's FIFA Under 17 World Cup winning team in South Korea, 2007. Akinsola, and the likes of Ganiyu Oseni, Macauley Chrisantus, King Osanga, and Lukman Haruna were the popular names tipped for greatness after the tournament. Coach Yemi Tella died later as he had been diagnosed with Leukemia before then, he practically went to the world cup unhealthy, but he delivered tactical class on his way to winning Nigeria her third world title at the Under 17 level.
Nigeria's success at the FIFA U-17 World Cup is well documented. The Golden Eaglets are the most successful team at Under 17 level, they have won the World Cup five times. It is however a paradox that this success has not directly translated to success at the senior national team level. Much more surprising is that, Nigeria has not translated the success at U-17 level to the U-20, as the Flying Eagles have never won the U-20 World Cup. The Golden Eaglets are the most successful team at U-17 World Cups. Lots
The World Cup is arguably the biggest tournament in football and winning this prestigious tournament is the dream of every player and coach. In September 2007, Yemi Tella led the Nigerian U17 team to win the 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup in South Korea. Nigeria defeated Spain on penalties in the final to lift the trophy and Nigerian forward Macauley Chrisantus won both the Golden Shoe and Silver Ball awards. Tella was awarded the title of 2007 African coach of the year. Sadly, Tella did not live long enough to enjoy
On September 9, 2007, the late Yemi Tella led a team of youngsters to South Korea to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the third time after previous wins in 1985 in China and 1993 in Japan. Like their previous winning stars, Nigerians had hoped that most of the youngsters would form the bulk of the Super Eagles later in their careers. But nine years down the line, not one single member of that team is playing for the Super Eagles — although, to be fair, a few have been in and out of it. None of them, still
The 2007 Nigerian u-17 team was highly praised and tipped for greatness. It was a team filled with talents who many hoped would go on to do great things in the world of football, as the u-17 level would open doors for them. Chrisantus Macaulay won the golden ball of the tournament, and also the golden boot. He was one of those who were tipped to do great things. After the tournament, he moved to Hamburg in Germany and ever since, saw his career nosedive. He played in a number of countries - Greece, Spain, G
Remember the name ‘Aji-boy’?, after the commentators made that pronunciation for a certain Dele Ajiboye at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup held in South Korea. Dele Ajiboye was announced to the world after his impressive performances for the Golden Eaglets, led by Late Yemi Tella in 2007. Nigeria won their third FIFA U-17 World Cup title after beating Spain 3-0 on penalty shootout in the finals. Nigeria's hero was goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye, who saved two penalties in the shootout as Golden Eaglets won
The World Cup is arguably the biggest tournament in football and winning this prestigious tournament is the dream of every player and coach. In September 2007, Yemi Tella led the Nigerian U17 team to win the 2007 FIFA U17 World Cup in South Korea. Nigeria defeated Spain on penalties in the final to lift the trophy and Nigerian forward Macauley Chrisantus won both the Golden Shoe and Silver Ball awards. Tella was awarded the title of 2007 African coach of the year. Sadly, Tella did not live long enough to en
1. Stephen Keshi Stephen Okechukwu Keshi was a Nigerian footballer and coach and the only Nigerian ever to win the AFCON as both a player and a coach. When he retired as a player, he had 60 caps for the national team and was the second most-capped player at that time. Having previously coached countries like Togo and Mali, he was appointed coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria and he led them to AFCON triumph in 2013. Sadly, he passed away three years later, at the age of 54. He has a stadium named after him
It was Sunday, the 9th of September, 2007. Nigeria's Golden Eaglets, led by the late Yemi Tella, were to take on Spain in the FIFA u-17 World Cup final in South Korea. The Eaglets, who were without captain Lukman Haruna for the final, were looking to win the trophy for the third time against the Spanish side that had a certain David de Gea but were without leading goalscorer, Borjan Krkic. It was a long road to the final as the Golden Eaglets topped a group containing France, Japan and Haiti, beating all three
Macauley Chrisantus was the tall number ‘9’ for the Late Yemi Tella led team in the Korea 2007 U-17 World Cup. His great eye for goal brought him to Stardom during the 2007 U-17 World Cup. Many believed he would become the Next Rashidi Yekini and already seeing him breaking the Legend's 37-goal record for Nigeria. Apart from his great eye for goal, his skills and techniques on the was unmatched during the tournament. He was just 16 years as at that tournament and had great future ahead of him. Most Ni
In Africa, Nigeria is known as a hotbed for football and has produced some truly great players. But what about its managers? Ademetan Abayomi looks at the 8 best Nigerian-born managers of all time. 8. Festus Onigbinde The Octogenarian has travelled far and wide as a coach. Coach Onigbinde took up the mantle in Nigeria's silver medal run at Cote d'ivoire 1984 African Cup of Nations. He was also the coach at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, where Nigeria were bundled out in the first round. He has se