By Johnny Edward:
Newly appointed Tanzania coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has appointed former Nigeria U-20 goalkeeper, Emeka Amadi, as his goalkeeper trainer, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The pair worked together as coaches in the Nigeria U-17 team in 2013 and in the U-20 side in 2015.
Amuneke who will be in the stands to watch the Tanzanian U-17 team take on their counterpart from Burundi this Saturday in an African U-17 Cup Of Nations qualifier stated that he agreed to take the job because the President of the Tanzanian Football Federation and the Secretary are well grounded in football having played the game as well.
“We’ve been in discussion for a year and it was easy for me to agree to coach Tanzania,” Amuneke told CSN in an exclusive interview.
“Because the President of the Tanzanian Football Federation and the Secretary played the game and they know all that it entails to make things work for the team, it was easy for me to accept their offer.
“Amadi joining me will further boost the team and inspire other coaches who have something to prove as well.
“I’ve always taken the toughest route to glory and I am positive that this will work. I have learnt well from my past experiences and our job starts this weekend with the U-17s.”
Amuneke also admits that his immediate task is to qualify Tanzania for the 2019 AFCON in Cameroon.
Tanzania’s last played in the Africa Cup Of Nations tournament 38 years ago and Amuneke believes a good start in Kampala can end that long wait.
“We are not Nigeria or Ghana but we can become like them. Our top target is to qualify for the 2019 AFCON.”
Tanzania were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Lesotho in their opening AFCON qualifier. They are in Group L along with group leaders Uganda and Cape Verde.
The top two teams will advance to the expanded AFCON scheduled for Cameroon.