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NFF reportedly settles for Emmanuel Amuneke as Super Eagles coach

Emmanuel-Amuneke

According to media reports, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is set to appoint former Barcelona star Emmanuel Amuneke, as the next Super Eagles head coach, replacing Jose Peseiro who left his role in February.

After screening applications from foreign and indigenous coaches over the past few weeks, the NFF has reportedly settled for Amuneke, who led Nigeria’s U17 to glory at the FIFA U17 World Cup.

Reports claimed that NFF’s decision to hire Amuneke, an indigenous coach, is due to the inability of the federation to pay a foreign manager.

An official announcement is expected from the NFF regarding the appointment of a new Super Eagles head coach.

George Finidi, currently the manager of Enyimba FC, will continue in his role as one of the assistants, a position he previously held under Peseiro.

Renowned for his coaching prowess, the former Zamalek and Sporting Lisbon winger achieved success with the Golden Eaglets, leading the Nigeria U17 national team to victory in the FIFA U17 World Cup.

He also impressed as head coach of the Tanzanian national team, guiding the Taifa Stars to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after a nearly forty-year absence.

Despite his achievements, Amuneke’s coaching record with Egypt’s Misr Lel Makkasa and Zambia’s Zanaco received criticism. But his time with the Flying Eagles saw the team fail to qualify for the U20 AFCON in 2017.

The 53-year-old tactician and Atlanta 1996 gold medallist discovered Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze during his time as Golden Eaglets coach.

Amuneke, former Super Eagles assistant coach and member of the victorious Super Eagles squad that won the 2013 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations AFCON),