- Emmanuel Amuneke has condemned the idea for him to become an assistant to Gernot Rohr
- The former Tanzania national team coach queries why “we are trying to belittle ourselves”
- Amuneke says he was once head coach of a national team and questioned why he should become an assistant
Former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke has decried the possible idea of him becoming an assistant to Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, saying it is belittling.
The former winger who became a coach has managed football teams in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, Tanzania and Nigeria.
Emmanuel Amuneke made history when he guided Tanzania to the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1980 after a 3-0 win over Uganda, but the Taifa Stars crashed out of the tournament in the group stages before he resigned.
The achievement also saw him become the second Nigerian coach, after late Stephen Keshi (with Togo and Nigeria), to guide a country to the biennial continental showpiece.
And following the Super Eagles’ poor performances recently, there are speculations in some quarters that the 49-year-old should be employed to assist Gernot Rohr.
Amuneke responded, as cited by Brila Sports:
“Rohr is the coach of Nigeria. I was once the coach of Tanzania; not the youth team so why must I come back to assist Rohr.
“Why are we trying to belittle ourselves.”
Meanwhile, former Nigeria international Daniel Amokachi has expressed huge disappointment at the Nigerian Football Federation for inserting a staggering $2million (about N794million) as compensation clause in the contract of Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr.
The Franco-German tactician who assumed the position as Super Eagles coach in 2016 was given a contract extension in 2020.
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According to Amokachi, ex-internationals Sunday Oliseh and Emmanuel Amuneke were not given time to turn things around for the team because there were Nigerians.
However, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Super Eagles of Nigeria are threatening to boycott forthcoming national team engagements as they lament over unpaid salaries and allowances to the tune of 18 months
Reports have it that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is making frantic efforts in getting funds from government and sponsors to clear the backlog of bonuses and allowances.
It was gathered that members of the squad had planned to protest the poor treatment meted out on them before the reverse fixture against Sierra Leone.
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