Nigerian football legend Daniel Amokachi has signed a one-year deal to coach JS Hercules in the upcoming Division Two season.
Hercules are an ambitious, community-based and internationally-minded young club in Oulu, northern Finland, just 200km south of the Arctic Circle.
“We are proud to work with him, as even in Finland Amokachi is well-known. He will bring new insight to our team because he has seen it all during his career,“ says Hercules chairman, Juho Syrjä.
Newly-promoted Hercules have four months of pre-season training before their 2nd division debut. Their part-time players are used to temperatures of -25 at this time of year, whereas in Amokachi’s hometown of Kaduna the average January temperature is 27 degrees above zero.
“It is certainly an adventure and a big change for me,” says Amokachi. “I take this is a great challenge. The team is young and passionate. I’m looking forward to working with them.” he continues.
Not just a coach
Amokachi represented his country at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups and won Olympic gold for Nigeria in Atlanta 1996. He also scored the first ever goal in the history of the Champions League, for Club Brugge against CSKA Moskow in 1992. After his playing career Amokachi got his coaching badges in the Netherlands and has since been coaching in Nigeria.
JS Hercules has agreed several projects that will allow fans inside and outside Finland to follow Daniel’s progress as he leads our first team. We and our media partners will reveal more about these projects in due course, but for now the best way to keep in touch with Daniel and JS Hercules is via our official social media channels.
||Founded||in 1998 in Oulu, Finland
||Ranchers Bees (NGR), Club Brugge (BEL), Everton (UK), Besiktas (TUR)||Club facts
||The coming season is JS Hercules’ first in the third tier of Finnish football, the Second Division. The club has two men’s and one women’s team, and has around a hundred active players at senior levels.|
||Nasarawa United, Nigeria national team, FC IfeanyiUbah, JS Hercules||Goals||JS Hercules wants to organize and create events, activities and experiences supportive active and healthy lifestyle for people in its community. And of course, to one day play in the Champions League.
|Achievements||As a player: FA Cup 1995 with Everton, Turkish Cup 1998 with Besiktas, Olympic gold in Atlanta 1996, WC1994 (USA) & 1998 (France). As a coach: WC 2010 (South Africa) & 2014 (Brazil), Winning African Cup of Nations 2013|
|Follow on Social Media||Twitter: @JSHercules