Ex Super Eagles Striker Becomes Montpellier Youth Coach

John Utaka during his presentation as a Montpellier player in 2011

French club Montpellier have appointed their former player and ex Super Eagles striker John Chukwudi Utaka as coach of their youth setup.

The 38-year-old returns to Stade de la Mosson with the ambition of earning his coaching badge in the Ligue 1 club’s U-19 side.

Utaka spent two-and-a-half years at Montpellier between 2011 and 2013, and he helped La Paillade win their first-ever top-flight title in the 2011-12 season.

Ahead of his new sojourn, the Nigeria national team sent a congratulatory message to him.

“And the journey in coaching begins for John Utaka, the attacker with the Montpellier youth coach post. All the best poacher,” the Super Eagles official account wrote.

The former Nigerian international had a nomadic playing career across Nigeria, Egypt, Qatar, France, England and Turkey before retiring from football in 2018.

Utaka was the top scorer in the 1999-00 Egyptian Premier League season with 17 goals to his name.

During his 11-year career with the Super Eagles, he featured in the 2002 and 2010 Fifa World Cup tournaments, and he was also part of the team that won bronze at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

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