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It Will be Difficult To Predict AFCON 2021 Winner –Amuneke

It Will be Difficult To Predict AFCON 2021 Winner –Amuneke

Former Nigerian midfielder, Emmanuel Amuneke has revealed that it would be difficult to predict the winner of the 2021 Africa Cup

of Nations in Cameroon.



The 1994 AFCON winner made this known in an interview with CAFonline, where he listed seven teams that are capable of winning the tournament.

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Amongst those he listed are Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.


He, however, admitted that defending champions Algeria are hot favourites to defend their title.


“Algeria is the reigning champions, and they are the favourites. Senegal is a very strong team. So are the hosts Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco and Tunisia.


“It will be very difficult to predict who will win the title.


“There are big changes in African football, players with a global dimension, it is promising.


“In Europe today, African footballers play the leading roles in their clubs and evolve in the top clubs in the world,” Amuneke told CAFOnline.

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  • Amunike is the man NFF should have employed as Super Eagles coach and give him all the support they gave Rohr. Funny enough, they went ahead and employed Jose that has no outstanding record anywhere. Let’s hope it will be different for him here in Nigeria.

    We will give him all the necessary support. But to the nest of my knowledge Amuneke would have been the best coach to take over from Rohr.

    God bless Nigeria.

    • Naija 5 months ago

      That Pseiro coach is likely going to fail woefully. He doesn’t look like someone that will achieve anything tangible with the Eagles.

  • He he he, Emmanuel Amunike common Tanzania fired after failing to win a game at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt 2019??? In fact Amunike knows you are not serious at all. At least there is a proven record that the interim coach, Cerezo won bronze in Afcon. I think our sports Ministry needs to get its acts together and appoint a more qualified local coach instead of this peseiro of a guy.

    • Friday Osakwe 5 months ago

      Bola, he left Tanzania to coach an Egyptian club side, Misr El-Makkasa where he was also sacked. I love Amunike but he is not qualified to coach out national side. May be u15 or u17.

  • With what he is saying, Amunike is going to undermine our local league for what he termed as players with global dimension. That is very bad as we need to engage our local content materials. By the way, did Amunike just woke up?

  • Amunike wasn’t even successful with a lowly Egyptian club as he was sacked. Such a failure should remain quite when issues revolving around the national football team are discussed. He came from local league and with what he is saying, doesn’t support our local players but would prefer to look up to Europe as if Rome was built in a day. May be just for sentiment otherwise, this is not the person nah.

  • Machaveli 5 months ago

    @pius: you have the temerity to call one of the best African players of all time a failure? Oh!just because modern technology have given you access to hid behind a shadow to spill bullshit with your ignorant filthy mouth, does not mean progressive Nigerians nay Africans would keep quite while you drag an accomplished Nigerian down in this forum. For your info, England Gareth Southgate had no UEFA coaching licence before he was entrusted with the responsibility to manage England football team. The lists goes on. We should stop these nonsense of degrading our heroes down. On a side note, I don’t think many of you negatively spitting sh..t here are Nigerians.

    • LMFAO..So in your warped mind you believed you are progressive, right? I wasn’t talking about one of the best African players if that is your measurement of a successful coach. I only said Amunike that failed with an Egyptian club which even led to his being sacked, is not the person our national team. The team already has a coach but at interim level. We could all come together and tell the NFF to make him substantial since he has a better CV than any Nigerian coach fit and living. Is that too much for you to comprehend or you just believed in making noise? Was Amunike not fired at the club? Disapprove my position with fact or remain shut up.

  • Footballfanatic 5 months ago

    It’s funny how some fools and retards think a coach is a failure because he was sacked at his last job does that mean the individual should quit coaching and never coach again? At least Amunike won the u17 WorldCom that alot of European coaches and South american coaches have not won. His coaching career is relatively young to consider him a failure. Another achievement was qualifying Tanzania for the Nations cup even tho they didn’t do well. Peserio is a marauding coach who hardly stays on one job for more than 2 years. This man seems to be after paychecks but no significant achievement at all but funny thing is that alot of no name coaches have been successful with Nigeria due to the talents we always have but go into oblivion the moment they resign or sacked. After Nigeria Westerhof, Bonfere, Trousier, and Bora never made any signficant achievement with other teams they coached.

    • Footballfanatic, I actually said Amunike is a failure with fact to buttress my assertion and if you have any contrary opinion, let’s have it. I won’t argue if you say Amunike should be appointed to coach U17 or even U20. However, U17 is not the same as our senior national team, that is the snag. For a coach who couldn’t win a single match in the last Afcon, speaks volume. Don’t get me wrong, we all love Amunike but he has a poor CV to coach a senior national team and be successful. I understand you also don’t support the so-called foreign coach, Preseiro that is being forced down our throats. Me too. I would rather we have a local coach as well to fail and win with us. If you have read my first post, you would have read where I said Rome was not built in a day.

  • E N Onwordi 5 months ago

    The top four team for Afcon 2022 are
    1. Algeria
    2. Ghana
    3. CIV
    4. Nigeria

    But I see Nigeria And CIV for final. Hmmmmmm

  • LET US FAIL WITH OUR OWN 5 months ago

    Wow! @Pius so you actually agreed that you are a fool and a retard? Hahahahaha

  • It hasn’t changed the fact that Amunike was sacked by an Egyptian club for poor performance. Go back to my post.

    • Olujimi Morgan 5 months ago

      Amunike has a good track record with national teams. He won the World U17 playing a brand of soccer that the FIFA technical team commended. He qualified Tanzania for AFCON for first time in over 20 years, highly commendable. He didn’t do so well at the Championship, even though there were reasons which came up at the time. I recall he left, owed several months’ salaries.

      Why did he fail at the Egyptian club? It’s important to know the reasons before making any judgement. There could have been racism etc. Irrespective, even top managers get sacked – Tuchel,Conte, Poch, Jose Mourinho etc. These are all league and European trophy winners with exception of Posh.

      Your thoughts about Amunike are fair, and I respect them. But allow me to have contrary thoughts, also based on facts and some emotions.

      We all want the best for the Super Eagles.
      Up Nigeria!
      God bless Nigeria.