Former Nigeria Winger and head coach of Tanzanian National team Emmanuel Amuneke has vowed to make Tanzania a power house in African football after guarding the Taifa stars to the African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Amuneke became the second Nigerian coach to qualify another National team to the African Cup of Nations either than Nigeria itself after the late Stephen Keshi guarded Togo to the 2006’s edition in Egypt where the current edition will be hosted.
Tanzania’s 3-0 win over Uganda over the weekend coupled with Lesotho’s 0-0 draw away to Cape Verde guaranteed a return to the continental show piece for the Taifa Stars for the first time since the 1980 edition which was hosted by Nigeria.
Speaking after their qualification, Amuneke said “we will prepare ourselves because it is not going to be easy but in football everything is possible. If we are discipline, committed, humble and hungry to succeed then there is nothing to stop us “.
“We will learn from the big boys as I said in my press conference yesterday and the big boys are Egypt, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana but we are happy that we will be among the big boys in Egypt and hopefully when the time comes, we can be able to make a good account of ourselves’’. He added.
The 47-year-old was capped 27 times by Nigeria. He was a member of the Super Eagles side that won the 1994 AFCON title in Tunisia.
BY: JOEL ESHUN