Emmanuel Amunike is favoured as the man to replace Jose Peseiro as Super Eagles of Nigeria head coach if the Portuguese fails to meet set targets at the AFCON.
According to OWNGOAL, 52-year old Coach Emmanuel Amunike is the pick of the Nigeria Football Federation technical committee for the Super Eagles job if Peseiro fails to guide Nigeria to the Nations cup final in Ivory Coast.
Peseiro;s current aggreement with the NFF runs until the end of the AFCON and so a replacement has already been sought for the embattled Portuguese gaffer who has not enjoyed a smooth ride on the Eagles job.
The plans to hire the former Nigeria national team winger is said to have been sold to Sports Minister, Senator John Owan Enoh at a recent meeting with respected ex-internationals.
The idea of having an indigenous Super Eagles coach appeals to the Sports Minister , with Amunike’s choice enjoying the backing of top NFF big-wigs except its President, Ibrahim Gusau who is still keen on a foreign manager for the men’s national team of Nigeria.
Current Zambia Coach, Tom Santifiet is reportedly Gusau’s prime candidate to replace Peseiro next year, except the Portuguese manager manages to storm the Africa Cup of Nations final-match with the Super Eagles.
Amunike had in 2018/2019 managed the men’s national team of Tanzania and was in-charge of Nigeria’s FIFA U-17 World Cup winning set of 2015.
That set produced Super Eagles top-striker, Victor Osimhen who may be reunited with Amunike at full international level if he lands the top job after the AFCON.