Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) have opted for a diplomatic angle to their decision to do away with the services of former Super Eagles’ winger, Emmanuel Amuneke as their national team’s coach, with the official announcement of his sack touted as ‘mutual consent’ between the ex-player and the East African country’s soccer governing body.
Regardless of the nomenclature, though, the big news out of Dar-Es-Salaam on Monday afternoon was that Amuneke has been relieved of his job with The Taifa Stars, following their run of three straight defeats at the Africa Cup of Nation s in Egypt.
In the wake of those stumbles, Amuneke has fallen from the height of the hero that took Tanzania back to the Nations Cup, after they last played their in his country, Nigeria, back in 1980.
Amuneke will now have to seek a new job elsewhere, after TFF wielded the big axe, despite initially promising to stick with him, following the East African side’s elimination in the group stage.
It turned into an anti-climax for them at the biennial tournament, where they lost 2-0 to Senegal, 3-2 to Kenya and 3-0 to Algeria to finish at the base of Group C with no point.
On the back of the poor performances, Tanzania’s soccer governing body decided to part ways with the former Barcelona winger, who helped The Taifa Stars reach AFCON for the first time in 39 years.
“The Tanzania Football Association (TFF) and the national team coach, Emmanuel Amunike, have reached a joint agreement to terminate the contract between us.
“TFF will announce the TAN coach who will lead the national team for Chan matches.
“TAN coaches will be announced after the Emergency Committee meeting on July 11, 2019,” Tanzania’s soccer authority stated.
Observers would feel Amuneke had it coming, as he gopt into a rank right after the Tanzanian side’s outster from AFCON 2019, and rained all blame at the feet of his players.
Amuneke said: ” “As a coach you stand on the sidelines and you are helpless… there is no character in the team. We lack the experience.
“It’s important that the players must be able to interpret the game, know what to do when they have the ball and don’t have the ball,” he said.
“The players need exposure to stronger competition, in a place where they can grow and compete with other players in Africa.
“It’s an eye opener for Tanzanian football – the truth is we are not in a position to compete. I’m not being harsh, just realistic.”