Former Super Eagles winger, Emmanuel Amuneke has downplayed any emotional attachments to the Golden Eaglets in Thursday’s Africa U-17 Cup of Nations draw, even as his former team are at an opposing end with his current employers.
Footballive.ng learnt that, rather than bother about what to do should Nigeria and Tanzania fall into the same group, Amuneke declared that he will only react as a professional.
While Amuneke is the coach of Tanzania’s senior national team, he also oversees the under-17 side, and the 1994 African Footballer of The Year said he will respect his professional duty with his current employer.
Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) expects a lot from the 47-year-old Amuneke, who guided Nigeria’s Eaglets to the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup title.
The former Julius Berger FC of Lagos, Zamalek of Egypt, Sporting Lisbon of Portugal and Barcelona of Spain star, however, admits he faces a huge task to uplift the Tanzanian team and called for patience from fans.
“I won’t promise you to bring wonders. I believe with good cooperation, together we can move it to the next level.
“Collectively, we will be able to see how Tanzanian football can grow and develop,” Amuneke concluded.