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Michael Nsien, a Nigerian-American, has been selected as the new head coach of the United States U-16 Men’s Youth National Football Team.

Nsien, who has over 23 years of experience as a player and coach for US clubs, accepted a three-year contract after being appointed by the US Soccer Federation.

After four seasons as manager of USL Championship club FC Tulsa and bringing the team to the MLS Cup playoffs, the Nigerian-born US tactician became the first football manager with Nigerian ancestry to be appointed to the role.

Nsien, who was born in Oklahoma, also holds all of the UEFA Pro Coaching licenses and is regarded as a “trailblazer” for black coaches in a sector where there are few.

In response to his new position, he stated:

“I feel extremely happy about having this role and chance as a first-generation Nigerian American; it is very essential to me that my family name and the people of Nigeria are exposed and portrayed positively not just in the United States, but around the world.”

“I believe that this opportunity will bring my name, my family, and my nation Nigeria to life, and as an American, I have a great feeling of pride in representing our country and helping to bring the next generation of American players to the forefront.”

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