Emmanuel Amuneke has exclusively told SCORENigeria he will not apply to handle either the country’s U17s or U20s, the Flying Eagles, because his coaching career has gone beyond that.
The former FC Barcelona of Spain winger assisted Manu Garba to tinker the U17s, Golden Eaglets, to win the 2013 FIFA World Cup in Dubai.
Two years after, he mounted the saddle as the Golden Eaglets went all the way to retain the FIFA U17 trophy in Chile.
Afterwards, Amuneke, a one-time Zamalek of Egypt winger, took charge of the Flying Eagles but the team could not go past a stubborn Sudan in the final playoff for the 2017 U20 AFCON.
However, with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) throwing the doors open for who becomes the next junior national teams coaches, Amuneke showed no interest, neither does he harbour any ambition of filing applications for any of the jobs.
“No, I’m not supposed to handling either the U17s or U20s any more”, Amuneke told Scorenigeria.com
“That’s reason I’ve not expressed any desire in applying for the jobs”.
Amuneke scored a brace after coming off the bench in his only game in the finals as Nigeria edge Zambia 2-1 to win the 1994 Nations Cup in Tunisia.
Two years later, he scored the winner as Nigeria went past Argentina 3-2 to win the 1996 Olympic Games men’s Soccer Gold medal in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
With his hands in virtually all Nigeria soccer successes since the turn of the 90s save for the 2013 Nations Cup triumph in South Africa, Amuneke says he is not turning his back on his fatherland, but stressed in future he could still be available for even much more challenging duties for his fatherland.
“For now, no but who knows in future one could still be available to help his country not minding if it’s on a bigger level”, Amuneke said.
By Sab Osuji