Thursday Mar 03, 2022. 09:11
Legendary Nigerian midfielder Garba Lawal has hailed the addition of Emmanuel Amuneke to the Super Eagles’ technical team.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) retained Augustine Eguavoen as the head coach of the senior national team and also added Amuneke to be part of the technical crew as his assistant last month.
This was after Eguavoen guided the Super Eagles to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations where they were eliminated by Tunisia.
Amuneke, who is a former Tanzania head coach, will be part of the Nigeria technical team as the Super Eagles face Ghana’s Black Stars in the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers later this month.
Having accumulated 57 caps and scored seven goals for Nigeria during his playing days, Garba stated that the addition of Amuneke will improve the team technically and tactically.
“I am really impressed with NFF decision to include Amuneke as part of Eguavoen’s coaching crew,” Garba told Complete Sports.
“I am optimistic that the NFF has taken a right in the right direction and we hope that the combo will make a big difference against Ghana in the World Cup playoff.
“There is no doubt that the team has the capability to overcome Ghana and I know they won’t disappoint.”
Amuneke became the first coach to guide Tanzania to the AFCON finals since 1980 when former Super Eagles winger led the Taifa Stars to the 2019 tournament.
The winner on aggregate between Nigeria and Ghana will qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals which will be hosted by Qatar later this year.