Zanco confident Amuneke will add value to club


Ebenezer Bajela

Seven-time Zambian champions, Zanco, have expressed confidence in former head coach of the Nigeria U-17 football team, Emmanuel Amuneke, following the appointment of the ex-Barcelona forward.

Zanaco confirmed the appointment of the former Tanzania’s head coach in a statement on Sunday.

News broke last week that Amuneke had been offered a job by the Zambian club, with both parties refusing to confirm the appointment.

However, Zanco, in a statement on Sunday, said they were delighted to announce the recruitment of the 1994 African Footballer of The Year, who is regarded as one of Africa’s best coaches.

“The Board and Management of Zanaco Football Club is delighted to announce the recruitment of Mr. Emmanuel Amuneke and his Assistant, Mr. Emeka Amadi, as Consultants to the Coaching bench of Zanaco Football Club,” the club said in a statement.

“Mr. Emmanuel Amuneke is a Nigerian ex-international footballer and UEFA licensed Coach. He 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, Mr. Amuneke was Head coach of the Nigeria U-17 National Team which won the FIFA U-17 Male World Cup in 2013 in United Arab Emirate and in 2015 in Chile. He coached various National Clubs in Spain, Nigeria, Sudan, and Egypt. He 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.

“The Board of Zanaco Football Club is confident that Mr. Amuneke’s coaching experience will add value to the Technical Team and the Club as a whole.

“The Board of Zanaco Football Club looks forward to working with Mr. Amuneke and his Assistant in ensuring that the Club achieves its aspirations.”