Emmanuel Amunike Excluded From Final Shortlist As NFF Eyes Foreign Coach for Super Eagles: Report

Emmanuel Amunike Excluded From Final Shortlist As NFF Eyes Foreign Coach for Super Eagles: Report

Ero Samson
updated at April 19, 2024 at 11:24 AM
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  • The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been without a head coach since the departure of Jose Peseiro
  • The Nigeria Football Federation are in a race against time to appoint a fitting manager for the team
  • A report has surfaced about the final shortlist of coaches being considered by the football federation

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) technical committee appears to be working overtime to ensure the Super Eagles have a head coach ahead of their crucial FIFA World Cup qualification tie against South Africa.

The Nigerian national team has been without a permanent gaffer since the ex-manager of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finalists - Jose Peseiro - announced his departure from his role at the end of February.

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Emmanuel Amunike is one of the major candidates linked with the vacant Super Eagles of Nigeria coaching job. Image: Alex Grimm.
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Since the Portuguese tactician exited the national role, the NFF have reportedly received a flurry of applications from managers across the globe expressing their interest in coaching the Nigerian team.

A recent report has now stated that the NFF have drawn up their final shortlist for the vacant coaching position.

Have NFF drawn up final shortlist?

According to a report from OwnGoalNigeria, the Nigerian FA's technical committee have finalised a three-person shortlist featuring three foreign managers: Antonio Conceicao, Domenec Torrent, and Danny Buijs.

The report further highlights that the committee opted against selecting an indigenous coach, echoing a sentiment that no Nigerian coach would be able to effectively maximise the crop of talents available in the Super Eagles team.

The report concludes by stating that despite some members' best efforts to make a case for an indigenous manager, particularly Emmanuel Amunike, other members of the committee highlighted the precarious situation the Super Eagles are currently in regarding sealing a spot at the 2026 FIFA World Cup, hence the need for a foreign manager.

Currently, Nigeria sits third in their CAF Group C qualification standings, two points behind leaders, Rwanda.

Nigerians take to the streets to support Amunike

Sports Brief also previously reported on fans of the Super Eagles of Nigeria taking to the streets to express their support for Amunike as the next manager.

The supporters filled the streets, carrying placards that highlighted the achievements of the 53-year-old and giving reasons why he should lead Nigeria next.

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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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