Amunike’s Concerning Statistics That Could See Him Miss Out on Super Eagles Coaching Role

Amunike’s Concerning Statistics That Could See Him Miss Out on Super Eagles Coaching Role

Ero Samson
updated at March 20, 2024 at 2:41 PM
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  • Emmanuel Amunike is one of the numerous individuals vying to coach the Super Eagles
  • The 53-year-old has previously achieved success with the junior ranks of the Nigerian team
  • Worrying coaching statistics of the former Barcelona winger could be diminishing his chances

Emmanuel Amunike's name is resonating strongly within Nigeria's footballing community as a leading candidate for the next coach of the Super Eagles.

The 53-year-old, previously in charge of Nigeria's U17 team, has long expressed his desire to manage the national team.

Hence, it came as little surprise when Amunike officially submitted his application for the coveted coaching position at the Super Eagles.

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Emmanuel Amunike is among the list of coaches who have applied for the vacant Super Eagles role. Image: Alex Caparros.
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However, while conversations continue around whether he is an ideal coach for the Nigerian team or not, statistics courtesy of media outlet,, could spell bad news for the former Tanzania national coach.

Amunike's 'scary' statistics surface

According to the data, the former Nigeria winger has faced challenges in his two stints leading senior men's teams.

Analysing the statistics, Amunike's managerial tenure averages 1.27 years per team. He typically organises his squads in a 4-4-2 formation and has achieved two notable successes in over a decade of coaching: winning the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2015 and guiding Tanzania to qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2019.

Delving deeper into his coaching records, the Nigerian legend won just two of his nine matches with the Taifa Stars of Tanzania, losing six and drawing one.

During his brief tenure with Egyptian club, El Makasa, Amunike failed to secure a victory in any of his three matches in charge, drawing two and losing one.

His most successful spell was with the Nigeria U17 team, where he won seven out of 12 matches, drawing two and losing three.

These concerning statistics raise questions about the former Tanzania manager's capability to lead the Super Eagles.

Additionally, it's worth noting that since departing from his role as coach of El Makasa in 2021, the 1994 AFCON winner has not pursued any top-level coaching opportunities.

NFF reportedly set to reject Amunike

Sports Brief also previously reported that the NFF are considering overlooking Amunike and instead opting for a world-class manager for the Super Eagles.

The former Barcelona man has been largely dubbed as the front-runner to take over the vacant coaching role, but it seems the football body is not convinced.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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