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Tanzania appoints ex Nigerian winger as head coach

Tanzania have appointed former Nigeria winger, Emmanuel Amuneke as the new head coach of the national team.

Mr. Amuneke, who was recently coach of Sudan Premier League side Al Khartoum SC, has signed a two-year contract.

He said “I am happy to start this new job and work hard so that we can achieve a lot together,”

His first competitive game in charge of the senior Taifa Stars will be their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Uganda in September.

Wallace Karia, president of the Tanzania Football Federation, TFF, said Amuneke will also oversee the other Tanzania teams, including the U-17 and U-20 groups.

Mr. Amuneke, 47, was the assistant coach when Nigeria won the Fifa U-17 World Cup trophy for a record fourth time in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.

Two years later Amuneke led Nigeria to a fifth U-17 World Cup title in Chile and, revered as a proven youth manager, he was swiftly promoted to coach the U-20 side the Flying Eagles.

As a player, he was a key part of the Super Eagles team, scoring both goals at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia where Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1 to secure their second African title.

He also played at the 1994 World Cup – scoring memorable goals against Bulgaria and Italy.

Mr. Amuneke scored the winner again as Nigeria stunned Argentina 3-2 in the 1996 Olympic football final in Atlanta to become the first African football nation to win Olympic gold.

His clubs included Egyptian side Zamalek, and he played at European football heavyweights FC Barcelona and Portugal’s Sporting Club.

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