Former Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Joe Erico says the ‘bravery’ of Coach Emmanuel Amuneke played a huge part in Taifa Stars of Tanzania’s qualification for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
For 39 years, Tanzania struggled without success to return to the African Nations Cup. But Amuneke’s Midas touch turned the situation around last Sunday, as he guided the Taifa Stars to their first African Cup of Nations appearance by defeating the Cranes of Uganda 3-0 at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Since then, Amuneke, a former coach of Julius Berger FC of Lagos, Ocean Boys of Yenagoa and the Golden Eaglets, has become a hero in the East African country.
“I commend Amuneke for his ability to re-write history in Tanzania,” Erico told The Guardian. “Football in Tanzania had been down for so long, but that does not mean they don’t have good players. The problem had been failure on the part of their coaches to identify the quality ones. I am happy for Amuneke. He was able to show braveness in his selection of players despite the short time he had in the Nations Cup qualifying series,” Erico stated. Read more