Amuneke Makes History, Leads Tanzania To 1st AFCON In 39 Years

Amuneke Makes History, Leads Tanzania To 1st AFCON In 39 Years

Former Super Eagles assistant coach, Emmanuel Amuneke made history with Tanzania by guiding the Taifa Stars to their first Africa Cup of Nations appearance in 39 years after they defeated Uganda 3-0 at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on Sunday, Completesports.com reports.

Goals from Simon Msuwa, Erasto Nyoni and a sublime header from Aggrey Morris secured Tanzania’s berth at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.

Amuneke’s charges finished second in group L with eight points, five behind leaders the Cranes of Uganda who have already qualified for Africa’s biggest football showpiece event.

The other group L fixture between Cape Verde and Lesotho ended in a goalless draw.

Both Uganda and Tanzania join hosts Egypt, Nigeria,Burundi, Mali, Cameroon, Morocco, Angola, Mauritania, Senegal, Madagascar, Algeria, Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Congo, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Guinea-Bissau and Namibia.

Other spots will be decided before 9pm Sunday.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will, for the first time, take place in June and July in Egypt and will feature 24 teams rather than 16.

By Johnny Edward.

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  • Bomboy 5 years ago

    Congratulations Amunike! We are so proud of you.

    Thanks for proving to the world that Nigeria is the king of African football.

    Please return home soon to take our Super Eagles to the next level.

    This is wishing you and Tanzania the best at the AFCON.

  • Omoyoruba 5 years ago

    This man has a future with super eagles 

  • Congregation. Proud of you.

  • Peterside Udah 5 years ago


  • Alamin 5 years ago

    Thanks for making Nigeria proud Mr Amunike. What a record u have set for the Tanzania football

  • Nigeria Tanzania in the same group…..?

  • Edoman of NewJersey,USA 5 years ago

    Congratulations. What happens when our Super Eagle of Nigeria were to meet Tanzania in the same Group.? Of cause, Nigeria is the Boss. Nigeria is the HOME of football in Africa today.

  • If Rhor fails to roer at AFCON 2019 with his”young team” he should be fired for a couch who knows how to win with a young team.
    Amuneke, ugbade and a foriegn assistant knowledgeable in computer aided analysis.
    To conquer the world, a home grown General is neccessary.

    • Peterside Udah 5 years ago

      May Allah bless you exceedingly and abundantly sir.
      Great minds think alike.
      May you never send a WhatsApp message without using your mobile phone (amen).

    • Peterside Udah 5 years ago

      Amuneke defeated Uganda with 3 unreplied goals at home but Rohr could not even score a single goal against Uganda.
      Do the maths my people. Just because it is made abroad does not mean it is better than made in Nigeria.
      If we don’t appreciate what we have, other will.
      When elders talk in the morning, it comes to pass in the evening.
      Free your mind my people and the rest will follow.
      Happy New Week.
      Ire o.

      • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

        Look at this jester…..Uganda had 13 points and had qualified for 2 games AFCON prior to that match and Tanzania had just 5….a whole 8 points gap, they sent their experimental team to dar es salam since they had nothing to play for, while tanzania had all to play for. In all Tanzania qualified with just 8 points in 2nd place behind Uganda who has qualified with 2 games to spare, whereas Nigeria finished with 13 points and qualified with a game to spare. It is you who should do the maths bro. FYI, Rohr’s team has been steam rolling bigger guns than Uganada for the past 3 years ans still counting. Pls shift go one corner with your quack analyses and comparisons.
        By the way, where were you when the Tanzanians were still struggling and unsure of qualification. Now they have qualified even you too want to come here and start talking of elders talking in the morning.
        Success they say has many parents.

        • Peterside Udah 5 years ago

          Kai, such insolence!

          Forgive them father for they know not what they do.

          Breath of knowledge, though a good thing, can also blind people to see the danger right under their nose.

          There can indeed be such a thing as over-analyze and a typical example as just presented itself to me.

          A child can have more newer clothes than an elder but less so when it comes to worn clothes.

          My prayer is that may the knowledge we have not be the same one that leads us into an abyss (amen).

          Happy new week my people.

          Ire o.

  • Rohr is just average coach, despite all the materials around him he can’t present a good team, his boys can’t make ten passes without losing possession, his changes shows incompetent and he has done nothing to improve the team’s set pieces. Etebo is busy wasting our set pieces, I don’t know whether no other person in the team who can execute that better.

    • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

      “his boys can’t make ten passes without losing possession”
      Pls kindly tell us which teams around the world apart from Barcelona and Spain that consistently makes 10 or more passes without losing possession and tell us the matches in which they did so…(thank God youtube is still functioning, so we can easily verify your claims)

      • Is like Rohr employed you to always defend him,why don’t you defend other issues I raised above? You behave as if you love the team more than others do. There are always room for improvement so Rohr can learn from other or seek help simple not wasting our set pieces with etebo always.

        • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

          There’s nothing to defend in all other issues you raised above….the “average” coach’s results speak for itself…enough said about it already.
          I never knew it is national team gaffers that team national team players how to play freekicks…..if you are looking for a dog to give a bad name to kill it, kindly look elsewhere. In the last 3 decades, we have only produced 3 consistent freekick scorers in the national team….Aloysius Atuegbu ‘blockburster’, Chris Ohehen and Jay jay Okocha, and i dont think it was their national team coaches that taught them the art of freekick taking.
          So now pls kindly defend your own statement and tell us…. “which teams around the world apart from Barcelona and Spain consistently makes 10 or more passes without losing possession and tell us the matches in which they did so…”

          • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

            …..that teaches national team players…..

          • Let him give other players the opportunity who knows maybe Iwobi can do better, besides you don’t need to score at spot to be a good free-kick taker, let him learn from Iceland who don’t have much individual talent but deadly when it comes to set pieces.

          • Rohr can do better with our support but he need to listen, no one hate him instead we all love the Super Eagles and wants them to be better.

  • Omo9ja 5 years ago

    I am so happy for you coach Amunike. This is a huge achievement for you. Really proud of you. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Gritty 5 years ago

    In as much as I agree that Mr G.Rhor has a lot to improve on, I hope our local coaches will adhere to the standards established by G.Rhor in terms of human management and players should earn call-up to the super eagles based on performance statistics and current form. Our local coaches should know that a good name (track records) is better than great riches (bribe, a plate of porridge). Most of our local coaches are stupidly corrupt (no apology) without minding the image of the team and nation. NFF should also help matters because they will also give account. Pls engage our football/sports legends (Jay Jay, Papilo, Taribo West, Siasia, Finidi, Manu Garba, et al.,) in the management and administration of our football/sports affairs for optimum results. Shalom!!!

  • Chairmanfemi 5 years ago

    Congrats to our Super-hero! Congrats to Coach Amuneke for achieving this great feat for Tanzania. The future of the SUPER EAGLES awaits you. Now for those SIASIA fanboys on this page, kindly tell him to also try same feat before we believe he’s super capable like his ex-teammate Emmanuel Amuneke.

    • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

      Pls tell them again my Chairman sir. What else can be said about Coach Amunike….? To be a fifa Technical Study Group (TSG) member nor be beans. The ex zamalek, ex lisbon, ex barcelona winger has shown he is the real deal. The UEFA Pro licencsed coach, not only humbled himself to go back home and coach his former team, julius berger fc, but was also an assistant to Manu Garba’s all conquering 2013 U17 team. He bidded his time and duly repeated the same feat 2 years later as the head coach, with a less talented team but a more technical and tactical display, earning him a place on the FIFA TSG. Not ready to wait on NFF for daily bread, he moved to modest al khartoum of sudan and created a 3rd force in a sudanese league hitherto dominated by giants Al Hilal and Al Merriekh. His efforts were recognized by the tanzanian FA and he has proved he isnt a flash in the pan by guiding lowly rated Taifa stars to the AFCON after 4 decades of absence.
      Congrats to Coach Amunike, this indeed is another feather not only to his own cap, but to the cap of Nigerian coaches. Coach Amokachi is in finland holding his own, Coach Equavoen is performing exploits in the greek 2nd division or so, Oliseh was doing something great at fortuna sittard in netherlands before running into problems with his managers. Those who are waiting for the NFF before they can have a job should better approach the likes of chad, togo, capeverde, ethiopia etc (no disrespect to them) and go and make a name for themselves. This one that even NPFL teams are scared of touching them with a long spoon for fear of being led into relegation.

  • The usual wailers will soon come here and say he should be given the super eagles job now. Anyway congratulations to Emmanuel Amunike more success.

  • Amuneke did well in Tanzania, very well in fact. His side were the only side to score against Uganda in competition since 2017. 3 goals in fact. He has to be praised for his feat in qualifying Tanzania for their first AFCON in 39 years. The last time they appeared in AFCOn was 1980 in Nigeria.

    BUT! A note of caution. The fact that he is doing well in Tanzania does not mean that he will do well with Nigeria. Christian Chukwu managed Kenya and came home to Nigeria and flopped. The East African football setup and psyche is very different to the Nigerian one. they are likely to bow to and resolve any issues he has with pitches, venues and player development, ours are still in the “manage am so” phase and there is a lot more politics involved in our footballing decisions.

    Until we can iron out some of these deficiencies, our coaches will continue to struggle

  • Big Congratulations to Coach Amuneke! He is building a great  reputation for himself.
    We all feel so proud of his Great achievements.
    Pls,that is not a reason to begin to castigate or find fault in Gernot Rorh.I think he has performed creditably with Super Eagles. We forget very easily that we didn’t qualify for last 2 AFCON,but qualified for this one with a game in hand.
    I wish Rorh well & that our team gels better & produces more cehesive & superlative displays.

  • Aquilani 5 years ago

    Congrats to Coach Amuneke!!! You’re the man of the moment….so enjoy the moment Sir!!!

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