Nigerian Fans Take to the Streets in Support of Amunike to Be Named Super Eagles Coach: Video

Nigerian Fans Take to the Streets in Support of Amunike to Be Named Super Eagles Coach: Video

Ero Samson
updated at April 18, 2024 at 8:10 PM
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  • The coaching dynamics of the Super Eagles remains a hot topic, sparking discussions
  • Emmanuel Amunike is widely regarded as a top contender for the coaching position
  • A video showing fans rallying to endorse the former Barcelona attacker has surfaced

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The saga surrounding the Super Eagles coaching situation is again in the spotlight across the country's footballing scenes.

With a crucial FIFA World Cup qualification match against South Africa looming, the Nigerian national team finds itself still without a head coach.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have been dragging their feet in announcing the new coach, causing understandable concern and fuelling widespread discussions about who should lead the team, especially after their impressive performance in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final.

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Emmanuel Amunike is one of the major candidates to be named coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Image: Michael Regan.
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This evident delay has added a flurry of twists to the discussion surrounding the vacancy, and the most recent twist in this saga has taken everyone by surprise.

A video shared to social media by Nigerian football expert, Tobi Adepoju, features passionate fans taking to the streets, brandishing placards in support of appointing Amunike as the next coach of the national team.

In the footage, supporters can be seen fervently advocating for the 53-year-old to take the reins as coach.

This unexpected turn of events has set social media abuzz with reactions from all corners of the Nigerian footballing community.

Reactions to the support for Amunike

@Calljoboepodeck, seemingly unimpressed by the rally, questioned the motives behind it, saying,

"This isn't random. Who's playing politics here? What can Amunike do with @NGSuperEagles that he couldn't against Ghana during the Qatar 2022 qualifiers? @michaelnsien seems more prepared, but I'm not sure he can handle this kind of politics."

@GreatDeximal called for an investigation, stating,

"They should be investigated. The culprit should be disqualified."

@J12Francis speculated,

"It's funny, Amunike may not even be aware of what they're doing. Someone somewhere is definitely behind it."

@chris_kels expressed scepticism, saying,

"This reeks of desperation. It's enough reason to keep him away from the team. However, this could also be a smear campaign by those who don't want him there."

Amunike speaks on coaching Nigeria

Sports Brief in another report stated that the coach of the former Nigerian international, Emmanuel Amunike, has explained why he is the perfect candidate for the Super Eagles.

The 53-year-old is reported to be on the final shortlist of the country's football federation.

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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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