The U.S. Soccer Federation has named American Nigerian tactician Michael Nsien as the new coach of the men’s under-16 national soccer team on a 3-year deal.
Nsien, who has over 23 years of experience as a club player and coach in the United States, is the first Nigerian to take over the reins of the US Under-16 Men’s National Youth Team.
Nsien, born in Oklahoma of Nigerian roots, holds all UEFA Pro Coaching licenses and is seen by his peers in the US as a “springboard” for black coaches in a sector that has few black coaches.
“As a first-generation Nigerian-American, I feel great about getting this role and opportunity, it’s very important to me to show that my family name and the people of Nigeria are exposed and represented in a positive way not only in the US, but around the world.
“I believe this opportunity will bring life to my name, my family and my country Nigeria and also as an American, I am very proud to represent our country and help bring the next generation of American players to the forefront,” said Nsien.
The 41-year-old has led USL Championship side FC Tulsa for four seasons, leading them to the MLS Cup playoffs.
Nsien, however, stated that this new role will open up new opportunities and new experiences for him.
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