May 18, 2024

Amuneke Reveals Greatest Challenges Playing for Nigeria 

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By Sunday Agunbiade (Mr VAR)


Former Super Eagles Player and Barcelona forward, Coach Emmanuel Amuneke has revealed his greatest regret playing for Nigeria during his active days.


The earstwhile Tanzania Senior National team handler, revealed this while featuring in a leading WhatsApp group in Nigeria, *Sports World*, tagged as Super interview on Friday co anchored by Ibadan based Sports journalist, Sunday Agunbiade popularly known as Mr VAR and immediate past Vice President of SWAN, South East zone, Mrs Chigozie Chukwuleta.


The 2015 I17 World cup winner said that a match that cut shot his footballing career was the match Nigeria played against Guinea Conakry where he sustained that cut shot his footballing career .


According to former African footballer of the year, he said: “Well, I have no regret as a coach as individual has their challenges but the most important thing is that we forge ahead and open to new ideas. I think the challenge I had as a player was the match I played serving my country was our last game against Guinea Conakry. That has been my challenge and set back in my career”. Amuneke lamented.


Amuneke played for Zamalek, Sporting CP, Barcelona, and Albacete. Our guest played 27 times for Nigeria, scoring nine goals and he was part of the team that participated at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, scoring against Bulgaria and Italy . Also in that year, he helped the Super Eagles win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, eventually being voted African Footballer of the Year.


Additionally, Amunike played all the games at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, scoring the winning goal in the final as the national team won the gold medal but sadly, Knee problems kept him out of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He later won U17 World Cup in the year 2015

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