Head coach of the national U-20 team, the Flying Eagles, Emmanuel Amuneke, has appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to allow him move along with the same backroom team he worked with to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
Amuneke whose promotion to the middle ranked cadet team of the nation did not come as a surprise to many holds the belief that his backroom staff, particularly his coaching crew, is one he cherishes so much because of the high level of team understanding already existing between them. “We won’t start to trying to understand each other. We are so used to working together as a team. Allowing us to remain as one will help us to settle quicker into business,” he quipped.
The coach has stated in clear terms, he wants to continue with the same backroom staff he worked with before and during the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile,” a top member of the Nigeria Football Federation technical committee said.
He said the technical crew were the best he could work with because of “the already established bond which engenders harmonious working relationship among them. Above all, you don’t change a winning team.” He further disclosed that Amuneke thanked the leadership and the executive committee of the NFF for the confidence they had in him but is desirous to see that the same was extended to his backroom staff. Amuneke’s assistant coach was coach Kabiru Baleria with Emeka Amadi, a former youth international stick stopper as goalkeeper trainer.
The team co-ordinator for the U-17 World Cup-winning squad was Prince Udofia while Egbaiyelo Tayo and Morakinyi Abodunrin worked as the secretary and media officer respectively.
If Amuneke’s wish would become a horse for him to ride, then the team doctor, Olarinoye Ayodeji, physiotherpist, Aliu Abubakar and equipment manager Idris Adamu will also join him.

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