NFF Chief Replies to Amunike Criticisms After Finidi’s Appointment As Super Eagles Coach: Report

NFF Chief Replies to Amunike Criticisms After Finidi’s Appointment As Super Eagles Coach: Report

Ero Samson
updated at May 8, 2024 at 12:48 PM
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  • Emmanuel Amunike criticized the NFF after missing out on coaching role
  • The former Barcelona attacker was a favourite but lost to Finidi George
  • An NFF technical committee member responded to Amunike's criticism

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The conversation regarding the coaching saga of the Super Eagles of Nigeria lingers on despite the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) appointing Finidi George as manager of the national team.

Following Finidi's appointment, Emmanuel Amunike, widely considered a front-runner for the position, expressed his thoughts in the media regarding the circumstances surrounding the decision of the federation's technical committee to not select him as the Nigerian team's manager.

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Emmanuel Amunike recently criticised the Nigeria Football Federation after Finidi George was appointed coach of the Super Eagles. Image: Alex Grimm.
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According to a report by Punch Sports, the 53-year-old hinted at strained relationships and other peculiar occurrences, suggesting that these factors played a crucial role in the NFF's decision.

However, a member of the NFF technical committee has responded to Amunike's claims, asserting that Amunike is aware of the specific reasons why he was not chosen for the role.

NFF chief replies Amunike

According to a report by OwnGoalNigeria, a member of the NFF technical committee, speaking anonymously, clarified that Amunike understands that Finidi was chosen as manager over him primarily due to the desire for continuity within the team, rather than any strained relationship.

The committee member, however, acknowledged that some reports suggesting tensions between Amunike and the NFF hold validity to a certain extent.

Nevertheless, the committee member concluded by emphasising that Amunike's less-than-impressive track record as a senior national team manager also significantly influenced the decision.

Amunike’s record at the senior coaching level has subtly been underwhelming. Additionally, he was also part of the coaching set-up that failed to qualify Nigeria for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The former Tanzania coach's most notable success in national team football dates back to 2015 when he led Nigeria to victory in the U17 FIFA World Cup.

Finidi nominates foreign coaches as assistants

Sports Brief in another report stated that the coach of the Nigerian team, Finidi, is contemplating three foreign candidates for assistant roles within the Super Eagles.

The 53-year-old has recently compiled a shortlist of coaches whom he would be keen to collaborate with.

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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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