Former Super eagle’s forward and U-17 world cup winning coach Emmanuel Amuneke have been appointed a head coach of the Tanzania’s national football team according to reports. The former Nigerian international according to reports have been handed a 2 year coach deal for the Tiafa stars. The tactician arrival is expected to change their odds market for progression to next year’s edition of the African Cup of Nations tournament according to Nigeria’s best online sports betting website.
The Former Barcelona attacker and 1996 Olympic gold medalist takes over the realm of affairs from Coach Salum Mayanga who has been with the national team since 2017.
Amuneke speaking in his first press conference after his unveiling in Dar es Salaam on Monday expressed his delight at landing the job and also kick starting his managerial career. He said, “I am happy to start this new job and work hard so that we can achieve a lot together,”
His first competitive game in charge of the Tanzania’s football team will be in September when the Tiafa stars take on visiting Uganda as the begin their qualifying rounds of games for the 2019 African cup of nations.
Amuneke before landing the job was previously coaching Sudanese club Al Khartoum SC.
He was the assistant coach when the Nigeria’s U-17 football team lifted the football for a record fourth time in United Arab Emirates in 2013, before leading the team to a fifth U-17 title in Chile 2 years later.
His success at the U-17 level earned promotion to coaching the U-20 team the Flying Eagles. The tactician despite his brilliance at the U-17 level failed to replicate such feats at the U-20 level as failed to qualify for African U-20 competition and ultimately missed out on the U-20 global tournament. The African competition was a qualifying competition used to determine African teams that will represent the continent in the U-20 world cup.
Tanzania football federation which seem to have monitored the Nigerian managerial career have also stated that he will take charge of all their national football team including the U-17 and U-20 level. The resolution according to reports is to ensure that there is proper transition and integration of players in the teams. TFF President Wallace Karia said“We shall have coaches for the other teams, but Amuneke will be the head starting with the 2019 African U-17 qualifiers which kick off in Dar es Salaam this weekend. “We are happy to have Amuneke who has played at the top and has a lot of experience as a coach. We have picked our very own from Africa,” Karia told BBC.
With Amuneke’s appointment, the continent witnessed two big managerial appointment on Monday. Former Real Madrid, Ajax and Milan legend Clarence Seedorf took over the helm of affairs with the Cameroun national football team. Seedorf who featured for Dutch national team in the 1998 World cup takes over duty from Belgian Hugo Broos who failed to guide the country to the 2018 World cup. Patrick Kluivert joins Seedorf as assistant coach after serving in the same capacity for the Selecao team.