Emmanuel Amuneke: Super Eagles Legend Breaks Silence on Becoming Nigeria’s Next Coach

Emmanuel Amuneke: Super Eagles Legend Breaks Silence on Becoming Nigeria’s Next Coach

Ero Samson
updated at April 12, 2024 at 2:56 PM
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  • The Super Eagles of Nigeria are currently without a head coach following the departure of Jose Peseiro
  • Emmanuel Amuneke is one of the various candidates tipped to take over as coach of the Nigerian team
  • The former Tanzania boss has shared his thoughts about the prospect of becoming Nigeria's next coach

The coaching situation surrounding the Super Eagles remains a contentious topic within Nigerian football circles.

A number of top-tier managers have expressed keen interest in leading the Nigerian team since the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced the coaching vacancy on social media.

However, amidst the cascade of applications flooding in, several managers have stepped forward to voice their reservations and opinions regarding the recruitment process and the future of the Nigerian team, and the latest to join this discourse is a former manager of the Tanzanian national team, Emmanuel Amuneke.

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Emmanuel Amuneke has aired his thoughts about becoming the next coach of the Nigerian national team. Image: Alex Caparros.
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The 53-year-old has called on the NFF to select the most suitable candidate for the Super Eagles and has expressed his interest in becoming the next coach of the national team.

Amuneke speaks on Super Eagles vacancy

In an interview reported by Premium Times, the former Barcelona winger emphasised the importance of appointing a substantive coach for the Super Eagles' upcoming World Cup qualification matches against South Africa's Bafana Bafana and Benin Republic.

He highlighted the need for the coach to have sufficient time to organise the team for optimal results.

He also expressed a balanced view regarding his potential to become the next coach of the Super Eagles, stating,

"I'm not desperate to be the coach of the Super Eagles, but I do have a strong desire to coach. If I get the chance to serve my country, I will accept it and do my best."

The sentiments of the 53-year-old mirror those of many indigenous coaches who have voiced their thoughts on the NFF's recruitment process.

As the Football Federation begins to review applications, there is a growing call for selecting the most qualified candidate and a fair and transparent screening process.

Guardiola’s assistant favourite for Super Eagles role

Sports Brief in a previous report stated that Pep Guardiola’s longest-serving assistant, Domenec Torrent, is favourite to be named Nigeria’s next manager.

The Spanish manager is reported to have been chosen by the football federation ahead of Antonio Conceicao and every other candidate vying for the role. Torrent was recently manager of Turkish club, Galatasaray.

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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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