Soccer Africa

Nigeria: Kingsley Onye Makes Case for Amuneke Again

With the position of the Super Eagles’ coach vacant again, former Nigeria junior international, Kingsley Onye has again called for the engagement of Emmanuel Amuneke to mount the saddle.

Before the engagement of the now-resigned Finidi George, Onye had called for the employment of Amuneke in succession to Jose Peseiro.

But the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) did otherwise with Finidi as the substantive head of the coaching crew.

Onye remarked that he pitied the former Nigerian international and the circumstances that led to his resignation.

“That done, I think the NFF should reconsider Amuneke whom I believe has the capability of turning things around for the better,” said Onye who was pivotal to Nigeria’s Flying Eagles having their first podium finish at the FIFA U-20 World Cup at the old Soviet Union in 1985.

“I call for the engagement of Amuneke because he did it before, even with a relatively low team that had previously laboured in vain for 30 years before qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations.”

He was referring to Tanzania which constantly failed the qualification test from 1980 to 2019 before they eventually qualified under the managerial influence of Amuneke.

“I strongly believe we should try him. I make this statement not tinted with any sentiment, but for the good of the game in Nigeria”, remarked Onye who also called for the inclusion of Sylvanus Okpala as the assistant coach.

The latter assisted the late Stephen Keshi in winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles in South Africa.