Saturday, July 20, 2024

Nigerian legend fired by struggling Zambian club

Nigerian legend Emmanuel Amunike has left his ‘consultancy’ role at Zanaco following a string of poor results.

And veteran coach Wedson Nyirenda has been appointed in interim basis until the end of the season.

Amunike, scorer of the two goals which denied Zambia a maiden African Cup of Nations triumph in 1994, has been sacked together with his Nigerian assistant coach Emeka Amadi.

The two Nigerians took over the reigns at Sunset Stadium in September 2022 but failed to improve the fortunes of the seven times Zambian Champions.

Head coach Kelvin Kaindu has also been fired.

During his playing days the Nigerian ex-international footballer and UEFA licensed Coach played international football in Europe where he featured for the likes of Sporting Lisbon in Portugal and Barcelona in Spain.

With a coaching career spanning eighteen years, Amunike was Head coach of the Nigeria U-17 National Team which won the FIFA U-17 Male World Cup in 2013 in the United Arab Emirate and in 2015 in Chile. He coached various National Clubs in Spain, Nigeria, Sudan, and Egypt.

Amunike was Head Coach of Tanzania Senior National Team that qualified to the Africa Nations Cup in 2019 after 39 years and Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles – Nigeria National Football Team in 2016.

He was nominated as African Coach of the Year by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 2015.

To many Chipolopolo fans, Amunike is remembered for his brace against the Kalusha Bwalya led team in the 1994 African Cup of Nations.

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