|Intro||Nigerian association football player and manager|
Association football player
Association football manager
|Birth||25 December 1970, Obodo, Nigeria|
Emmanuel Amunike (born 25 December 1970) is a Nigerian former professional football player, who played as an winger. and a football coach.
He played for Julius Berger, Zamalek, Sporting CP, Barcelona, and Albacete.
Amunike played 27 times for Nigeria, scoring nine goals. He was part of the team that participated at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, scoring against Bulgaria and Italy; also in that year, he helped the Super Eagles win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, eventually being voted African Footballer of the Year.
Additionally, Amunike played all the games at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, scoring the winning goal in the final as the national team won the gold medal. Knee problems kept him out of the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
on 23 December 2008, Amuneke took on training duties for some teams in Nigeria, after completing two years of training courses in Europe.
Amunike coached the Nigeria national U17 football team to win the World Cup in 2015. On 6 August 2018, he was appointed as the coach of the Tanzania national football team. He managed to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but he resigned from training the team after losing all three games. In November 2019, he said he was looking for a new job.
Honours and achievements
- Taça de Portugal: 1994–95
- Copa del Rey: 1996–97
- Africa Cup of Nations: 1994; runner-up: 2000
- African Footballer of the Year: 1994
- BBC African Footballer of the Year: 1996
Amuneke’s younger brothers, Kingsley and Kevin, were also footballers. Both also played several years in Portugal, amongst other countries.