Amuneke Urges Nigeria Players’ Top Club Form Ahead AFCON Qualifier Vs South Africa, Mourns Late Hamilton

Amuneke Urges Nigeria Players’ Top Club Form Ahead AFCON Qualifier Vs South Africa, Mourns Late Hamilton

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By Izuchukwu Okosi:



Former Super Eagles winger and 1994 African Footballer of the Year, Emmanuel Amuneke has tasked the players of the Nigerian national team to continue working hard at their clubs ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in June, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

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Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rhor, and his team were in London for ten days during the international break where they played against Senegal in a friendly, but inadvertently failed to face the Etalions of Burkina Faso due to inability of the AFCON 2017 third place winners to secure visas for some of their players.

Amuneke spoke exclusively to Completesportsnigeria.com on his expectations from the Super Eagles players as league duties resume worldwide this weekend following the end of the latest international break.

"The players were apparently committed going by the news from the camp they had in London. The new boys were also willing to be part of the team," Amuneke toldCompletesportsnigeria.com.

"That is good omen going forward and as they go back to their clubs, I hope that they will continue their good forms which in turn should rub off positively when they play South Africa in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

"I did not see the Senegal game, but the match reports have been promising and may this kind of attitude and team spirit continue. 

"Now we will play South Africa in a Nations Cup qualifier, and Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria in the World Cup qualifiers. That means they will have to up their game," the former Zamalek and Barcelona star added.

Amuneke was however in sombre mood over the death of former Super Eagles and Falcons coach, Paul Hamilton.

"We have lost a great icon in sport. A man that contributed a lot to our football development, both as a player and as a great coach. He was one of those that contributed to makin our football what it is today with his rich knowledge of the game.

"May his soul rest in peace. We have lost some great coaches of late and that is very depressing. Hamilton was one of our coaches that I drew inspiration from when I embarked on my coaching career," the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winning coach revealed.

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