Emmanuel Amunike ready to take Super Eagles job if offered to him

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Emmanuel Amunike ready to take Super Eagles job if offered to him

Stephen Oladehinde 17:19 - 15.02.2024

Emmanuel Amunike, the former Barcelona winger and Nigerian football icon, has thrown his hat into the ring for the prestigious role of head coach for the Super Eagles.

This comes as the tenure of current coach Jose Peseiro hangs in balance following the conclusion of his contract post-AFCON 2024, where Nigeria clinched a second-place finish under his guidance.

Amunike Eyes Super Eagles' Top Job

In the wake of the Super Eagles' recent AFCON campaign, which saw them fall just short of the title, losing 2-1 to Ivory Coast in the final, speculation around the team's coaching future has been rife. 

Emmanuel Amunike, with his rich history in Nigerian football, both as a player and a coach, has expressed a keen interest in leading the national team.

"I am a Nigerian. All my life, I have served Nigeria as a player,” Amunike reflected on his connection with Nigerian football, as reported by Afrik-Foot

He further added, “If Nigerians now find me fit to add value to the team, of course, it is a welcome development.” Yet, he was quick to note the importance of unity and support for the team above all discussions about coaching positions, emphasizing, “But for now, it is not necessary to talk about this issue... We have to support the team and other Nigerians; they are going through a lot of sadness.”

Peseiro's Future Uncertain

The future of Jose Peseiro with the Super Eagles is under scrutiny despite the team's commendable performance at AFCON 2024, which fulfilled the condition in his contract regarding a potential extension. 

Super Eagles legend Emmanuel Amunike || Imago
Super Eagles legend Emmanuel Amunike || Imago

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has yet to make an official statement on whether Peseiro's journey with the team will continue.

Peseiro's recent accolade, being named a member of the Order of the Niger alongside his Super Eagles players, highlights his contributions to Nigerian football, yet does not clarify his contractual status moving forward.

Amunike’s managerial record, highlighted by his success with the Golden Eaglets at the 2015 FIFA World U17 championship and the development of talents like Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chwukueze, presents a compelling case for his candidacy. 

However, as the NFF deliberates on the future direction of the Super Eagles' coaching staff, the Nigerian football community and fans await a decision that will shape the team’s path forward.