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Exclusive: Amuneke’s Appointment Will Help Improve Eagles Technically, Tactically –Nwosu

Exclusive: Amuneke’s Appointment Will Help Improve Eagles Technically, Tactically –Nwosu

Former Nigerian midfielder, Henry Nwosu believes the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to appoint Emmanuel Amuneke as part of Austine Eguavoen’s technical crew will further raise the standard of football of the Super Eagles.

Recall that on Monday, the NFF fortified the Super Eagles technical crew with the inclusion of Amuneke, as the chief coach of the team.

The reconstitution comes after the Super Eagles outing at the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon, and ahead of the potentially-explosive FIFA World Cup 2022 play-off round against the Black Stars of Ghana next month.

However, in an interview with Completesports.com, the 1980 AFCON winner, lauded the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF for the appointment of Amuneke and said that it would help the Super Eagles technical and tactically.

“To be frank, this is one of the best decision the NFF has made in a very long time. This also shows that the NFF are now listening to the voices of sports loving Nigerians who have been clamouring for the inclusion of Emmanuel Amuneke to the Super Eagles technical crew,” Nwosu, a former member of the Green Eagles that won the 1980 AFCON title told Completesports.com.

“His wealth of experience will be of great help to the team, most especially his technical and tactical knowledge of the game. For me, his combination with Austine Eguavoen will drive the team to a higher level.”

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  • Alphonsus Gbefumu 2 years ago

    I tell you. It is the best decision to include Amuneke in the Eguavoen technical crew. I have personally be calling for this since Rohr was relieved of his appointment. Coach Eguavoen needs to continue with his philosophy and program for our national team. God bless Nigerians.

    • Bob Martins 2 years ago

      Well said Alphonsus. Local coach is better than any other. Exactly what you have been saying. Good luck SE.

  • Timothy Okonapoque 2 years ago

    Amuneke, a Nigerian is welcome on board of our own SE but why is CSn not wearing him our national colors of green and white? Please do take note. Meanwhile, I would like Amuneke to relocate to Nigeria to assist in the talent hunt which is the primary objective of having them to assist Cerezo. Good luck Super Eagles.

  • Nelson 2 years ago

    Henry Nwosu is right. All that remains now is for the Eguavoen team to begin visiting all the nooks and cranny of the country to unearth players for our national team. Up Super Eagles!!!

    • You are on point and the reason why I find Nwosu useful to the national set-up. The man spoke the mind of many Nigerians. Though Amuneke hasn’t proved himself with any national side, at least he did well with our U17.

      • Makola edemujep 2 years ago

        They should have left him with U17 team. Well, since he is there now, let’s hope he gets better with Egu calling the shot.

  • MONKEY POST 2 years ago

    @Mahmud Shuaib hope you are okay? It’s been a while in this forum.. Mahmud is one of the few forumites from the Eguavon faction that I respect so much. Very matured and responsible. Not some zombie and nitwits. Anything way Eguavon or NFF talk or do/bring we go follow or support. LMFAO!!!

  • I want to repeat myself again, Amuneke at least you should be wearing our green and white jersey if you must communicate to us otherwise, I will tell Amaju Pinnick led NFF to sack you. You have got to respect our national colors. Thank you Nwosu.

    • Monday 2 years ago

      @Enoh, so soon? So na to sack Amuneke be una target now?

    • It’s like forcing everyone to drop their fake colours. We must all think Nigeria first. Good luck Aminike.

  • Larry 2 years ago

    I hope the nff will allow Amuneke to handle the CHAN team. This will enable him use his technical and tactical ability to win the trophy. Eguavoen won AFCON bronze, Salisu won CHAN silver..
    Let’s see what Amuneke can do..May be he can win the elusive CHAN Gold and add a senior team medal to this resume.
    The nff should let Amuneke handle the CHAN team.

  • Home base player in Super Eagles is a No nO. Big No no.. they should prosecute CHAN and win CaF Cups on Club level because when that happens it means they are real talents then. Until Teams from Botswana and Swaziland keep embarrassing our clubs Home base players is a BIG Mba.. Mbano which one be dis bikonu!!!.

  • Josiah Oderindefpur 2 years ago

    Thank you Henry. I love Amuneke and it is not that he didn’t try with U17 but let’s see what he will add. At least Eguavoen have started winning matches, even won against Egypt another football powerhouse in Africa.

  • Olujimi Morgan 2 years ago

    The NFF watched and saw the great improvement by the Super Eagles coached by Eguaveon and his technical crew. But we did not win. Irrespective of the technical and other issues, our team – from coaches to players – must learn how to play the coaches to win! When that Senegalese referee stopped us from utilising the advantage rule, the players should have complained visibly, and the coach should have spoken to the 4th referee so the centre refree can know he is being reported.
    The Italians played the referee at the 1994 WC. Yekini was pulled down by the arm in the box, Amunike was target of fouls that disabled him such that he left the field etc. We have to learn not to be cheated; within the rules of course.

    I’ve been a big admirer of Coach Amunike. Can we recall the Westerhof/Jo Bonfere combination? Eguaveon/Amunike can be better.
    One thing missing – firm contract for Eguaveon and Amunike separately. They should earn close to what the Oyinbos would have earned. I expect that the sponsors would be very happy to see a successful Nigerian football team. It will be successful sponsorship.

    Just watching a clip of Dennis. He is good in front. The boy is okay.

    E&A must sort out the midfield though. Ghana football teams ususlly put many bodies there. So, we need good numbers, need to play fast (Nigeria plays faster football than Ghana typically) move around to have numerical advantage at different points during play.

    Fellow forumites, we can and should defeat Ghana to qualify for the WC, we should do better than ever before.

  • Johnson 2 years ago

    Assuming we decided to forego the fact that he is not outspoken, Amuneke hasn’t the Green and White jersey, that is why I’m aligning with @Enoh post. Are we sure he is pledging his loyalty to Nigeria?

  • Ako AMADI 2 years ago

    Amuneke will be no value added. Trust me! We now have an additional slave driver who will be shouting at players like a village school games master.

  • Congratulations sir!!! The
    “Newly-appointed Super Eagles head coach, Emmanuel Amuneke”

    ✓African Footballer of the Year: 1994.

    ✓BBC African Footballer of the Year: 1996.

    One of the most garlanded footballers to have come out of Nigeria, Amuneke scored both goals that won Nigeria the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations final match against Zambia in Tunis, scored the goal that won Nigeria and Africa’s first Olympic football gold medal in 1996 and played in the 1994 and 1996 FIFA World Cup finals, scoring two goals in USA ’94.

    As coach, the electrifying winger qualified Tanzania for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and led the Taifa Stars in the finals. He is a member of both the FIFA and CAF Technical Study Groups.

    You are great indeed, both as a player and Coach. Sir Amunike, may God fill you with more wisdom and technical sagacity to wow the world and your enemies in Jesus name, Amen.

    The Secret!
    The hidden secret is that Emmanuel Amunike is blessed with God given natural Wisdom that you can’t acquire from the University or classroom no matter how many years you spend there; even if you like, do PhD, you may not still get it.

    Congrats once again sir! Go do Naija proud!!!

    “We naija talk to ourselves in the naija way and we understand ourselves ASAP”. Shikena.

  • Respect is reciprocal 2 years ago

    I wish NFF could persuade Victor Moses to play for us against Ghana. These players need a team leader that can carry the team when the going is rough and tough, a leader that will bully the Ghanian with skills and flair. Musa can not do this and i don’t expect the new coach to invite him .
    Ghana just appointed a first class coach with premiership experience and unless we want to deceive ourselves white coaches are more superior in technic and tactics. All they just need to do is to watch our past games and with algorithm they can come up with a game plan that can frustrate us and this may disorientate our players, but a player like Moses is super intelligent to decipher any code .
    And if calling Denis will increase our chances to progress please let us call him . I don’t want us to be too offensive in the first leg ,we should allow Ghana to bring the game to us then we can launch our game plan against them.

    • pompei 2 years ago

      Not only persuade, they should also threaten to seize his properties located anywhere in Nigeria if he refuses to play for us, hehehehe!
      But seriously, an in-form Victor Moses is a player any coach would want in his team. NFF should try their best to convince him to come out of retirement. However, if he insists on staying retired, we have no choice but to respect his decision.

  • Diran 2 years ago

    Waoh, just watched the World club cup semi-final between Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia and a fully loaded Chelsea of Londo. Chelsea won 1-0 but I must say I was very impressed with the performance of Al Hilal especially in the 2nd half. Our Own Odion Ighalo put up a great performance and this shows that he still has the stuff in him like Vincent Abubakar of Cameroun who also plays in the Saudi League. Al Hilal was just unlucky as goalkeeper Kepa of Chelsae made some outstanding saves to deny the Saudi club a well-deserved equalizer. Coaches Eguavoen and Amunike should think of inviting Odion Ighalo for the double-header world cup playoffs in March if he maintains this great performance.

    Odion Ighalo’s experience, skills and versatility in attack will complement Victor Osimhen upfront against Ghana.


  • How many shot on target did Ighalo register in the match against Chelsea@Diran???

    Complete sports reported that Odion Ighalo was caged in the match by Chelsea defence. Who should we believe now; CSN or Diran?

    • Chinenye 2 years ago

      Man couldn’t even dribble past Christensen that hasn’t been in action for months

  • MONKEY POST 2 years ago

    Eya! Why na? Didn’t Ighalo watch all the goals their europe red hot Awoniyi and Sadiq scored after dribbling past a covid 19 hit Tunisian defenders??LMFAO!!!!..

  • Victor Moses is very vital in both matches
    Etebo is also vital.
    We must Accord Ghana all the respect in Accra.
    A 3-5-2 or 4-3-3 should be deployed against them in Accra.
    From the front: Osimen, Victor Moses, Simon Moses;
    Ndidi, Etebo and Aribo;
    Aina, Sanusi,Omeruo and Ekong;

    Iheanacho, Musa, Shehu, Collins, Chukwueze, Iwobi, Onachu, Denis, Okoye.

    NO FANCY GAME!!!!!
    WINNER WIN ALL!!!!!!

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