By Sab Osuji:
Flying Eagles head coach Emmanuel Amuneke will officially become a chief on December 27 when he will be installed as the Aka Welitere Mba 1 of Eziokele Autonomous Community in Eziobodo, Owerri West Local Government Area, Imo State, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Also same day, his father, Michael Amuneke, will be handed a traditional title by the traditional ruler of the community, His Royal Highness, Eze Richard Ngozichukwu Osuji, Ezeudo 1 of Eziokele Eziobodo Autonomous Community in Owerri West LGA, Imo State.
The traditional ruler confirmed to Completesportsnigeria.com that the former Zamalek of Egypt and FC Barcelona of Spain winger who helped the Super Eagles to win the 1994 Nations Cup in Tunisia is being recognized for his path-finding role in positively bringing the community into global fame.
"He's a path finder. He set the tone that has seen no fewer than eight footballers from the community grow into international fame," Eze Osuji told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"Amuneke, through hard work, won the Nations Cup with the Super Eagles, he won the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Gold and as a coach, he won the U-17 FIFA World Cup.
"This is a positive for our community.
"Because of his leading role, the likes of his younger brother Kelvin Amuneke, Chidiebere Nwakali, Kelechi Nwakali, Chukwudi Agor, Promise Orji and Osinachi Ebere who are all from this community have followed his footsteps and have been and continued to prove good ambassadors of Eziokele Community in Eziobodo Autonomous Community.
"So, the Eze-in-council strongly believes he has washed his hands clean and should dine with kings, hence our collective resolve to welcome him into the royal cabinet.
"He's done this community proud and we feel recognizing him is a sure way to encourage and reward hard work, dedication, patriotism and commitment.
“For playing the role of a positive path-finder, we decided to give him the title of Aka Welitere Mba 1of EziokeleCommunity because he has helped in no small way to lift the name of our community to national and international prominence”, the Royal Father explained.
Completesportsnigeria.com understands that the Flying Eagles coach has been contacted and he has given his consent.
"A delegation from the community was sent to Abuja to convey the message and ask for his consent and they returned with positive response," the traditional ruler said.
He went on to reveal that arrangement is in progress for the coronation of and induction of father and son into the exalted traditional institution come December 27 but deplored the terrible condition of the only access road to the community.