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ICYMI: ‘They want an indigenous coach’ – Amuneke quits Tanzania job



Emmanuel Amuneke

Former Nigeria international, Emmanuel Amuneke has left his managerial job with Tanzania football federation (TFF) on mutual consent on Monday.

The coach, who led the Taifa Stars to their first Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 39years, could not take them past the group stages of the finals.

Tanzania lost all three games in their group, falling 2-0 to Senegal, 3-2 to Kenya and 3-0 to Algeria.

”The Tanzania Football Association (TFF) and the National Team Coach, Emmanuel Amunike, have reached a joint agreement to terminate the contract between us,”reads a statement on the official website of the TFF on Monday.

Speaking to CompleteSports over the phone after the announcement was made, Amuneke, who got the appointment in August last year, revealed that the TFF wanted an indigenous coach to carry on.

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“We talked about our contract, we looked at contents, and of course, there is always a common ground,” he stated.

“They (TFF) say they want an indigenous coach. And of course, this business is about coming and going.”

Amuneke is the fourth coach to lose his job during the ongoing Nations Cup in Egypt, with Morocco, Egypt and Uganda already without coaches soon after crashing out of the competition.

“I’m happy with my players. I’m proud of their achievement even in defeat,” Amuneke insists.

“Morocco coach was relieved of his duty. Same also for Egyptian coach and Uganda. That’s how it goes and one has to move forward.

“I was somewhere before I came here (Tanzania) and of course, life is not static, it evolves so one has to think forward,” he added.

Amuneke had led Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets to win gold at the U-17 FIFA World Cup in Chile.

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