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World Cup-winning coach wants to replace Rohr as Super Eagles manager

Former Super Eagles wing-wizard, Emmanuel Amunike has disclosed that he is available and will coach the Nigeria national team if given the opportunity.

The 49-year old former Barcelona star made this revelation in an interview with journalists on social media.

Amunike who has had previous stints with Nigeria youth sides, the Golden Eaglets and the Flying Eagles, said he remains hopeful of tutoring Nigeria topmost male national team.

He led Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets to the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile.

“I’m a very honest and straight-going guy, of course, we all nurse ambitions of coaching our country one day, but we don’t know when, we don’t know how it will come.”

Emmanuel Amunike says he is ready to coach the Super Eagles
Emmanuel Amunike says he is ready to coach the Super Eagles (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Amidst uncertainties surrounding the future of current coach Gernot Rohr, as the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, are yet to hand the Franco-German tactician a new contract, with his current deal set to expire in June, Amunike says he is still nursing the ambitions of leading the Super Eagles.

“But we know, doing the right thing, and when it pleases God, who sees every affairs of men, if it pleases Him and He finds me being in a position to help the country, of course, one day I hope I will be a in a position to coach the Super Eagles.”

In an interview last week, Amunike refused to comment on the position of the current Super Eagles handler, backing the renewal of his contract, while former NFF Technical Committee Chairman, Chris Green strongly kick against renewing Rohr’s contract, urging the board to give the opportunity to indigenous coaches like Amunike and Finidi George who played for the Eagles.

Amunike coached the Nigeria national U17 football team, Golden Eaglets to win the World Cup in 2015. In 2018, he was appointed as the head coach of the Tanzania national football team, where he guided the Taifa Stars to their first Africa Cup of Nations appearance in 39 years, in Egypt last year.

The 1994 African Footballer of the Year is currently managing Egyptian top-flight club, Misr Lel Makkasa.


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