Amuneke: I'm interested, but not desperate to coach Super Eagles



By Victor Nwachukwu

Nigeria’s former Nigeria U-17 national team coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has said the job of coaching Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagle should be given on merit to a person with the interest of football and Nigeria at heart.

Amuneke has also coached the Tanzanian senior national football team also expressed confidence that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) would eventually appoint the ideal coach for the Super Eagles top job.

The 1996 Olympic gold medalist who spoke in a chat with journalists in Owerri on Tuesday said that although he would love to coach the Super Eagles if given the opportunity, he was not desperate for the job.

The Spain based former Super Eagles striker, who played for Sporting Lisbon football club in Portugal and Barcelona football club said that with a plethora of Nigerian talents scattered across the globe, a lot of professional capacity, technical expertise and consultation would be required to harness the talents, combine them and achieve the needed balance.

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“The Super Eagles’ upcoming World Cup qualification matches against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa and their counterparts from Benin Republic would necessitate the appointment of a substantive coach who would also need some time to put the house in order for best results.

“I am not desperate to be Super Eagles coach, though I nurse the ambition to coach.

“If I have the opportunity to serve my fatherland , I will accept it and deliver my all,” he said.

He however, called for the development of football at the grassroots for further development of the Nigerian league for harnessing of more talents. (NAN)

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