The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have appointed Emmanuel Amuneke as the new coach of the Nigeria U-20 team, the Flying Eagles.
The football federation confirmed Amuneke’s promotion from the U-17s side in a statement made available to this medium on Wednesday.
The NFF statement read, “The (NFF executive) committee endorsed the recommendation of the technical and development committee for the reconstitution of the technical crew of the U-20 national team, Flying Eagles.
“Erstwhile U-17 head coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, now heads the U-20 crew with Kabiru Baleria and Emeka Amadi as assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer, respectively.”
Amuneke was assistant to Garba Manu in 2013 when the Golden Eaglets won the trophy at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in the UAE and made an excellent transition when handed the reins by winning the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup title in Chile.
Sources close to the NFF suggested Amuneke got the nod because it was agreed it would be better he continues with the same set of players who are expected to progress to the under-20 level.
He succeeds Manu, who will now groom a new set of under-17 players for the next Fifa Under-17 World Cup to be hosted by India.