Amunike Fired as Tanzania Manager

BY STEVE AYOO 

Former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amunike has joined the managerial casualty list after failure at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The tactician has been relieved of his duties as the Taifa Stars head coach after the team lost all their three matches in Egypt, including the regional derby clash against Kenya.

The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) announced the decision they had broken ties with the 48-year-old who helped them make a return to Afcon after a 39-year absence.

A statement in the TFF website read: “The Tanzania Football Association (TFF) and the national team coach, Emmanuel Amunike, have reached a joint agreement to terminate the contract between us.

“TFF will announce the TAN coach who will lead the national team for Chan matches.

“TAN coaches will be announced after the Emergency Committee meeting on July 11, 2019.”

While they were certainly expected to struggle against titans Algeria and Senegal in Group C, the match against Kenya was a must-not-lose for Amunike and the defeat must have been the writing on the wall for the former Super Eagles and Barcelona winger.

Amunike gave a scathing analysis of the Tanzania players after the Kenya defeat saying they ‘lack character’, attributing it to the fact that a majority of the Taifa Stars play at home.

He becomes the third manager to get the sack at the back of Afcon exit.

Egypt got rid of Mexican Javier Aguirre following elimination in the round of 16 by South Africa, while Uganda also parted ways with their French manager Sebastien Desabre who has since taken up the same role at Egyptian club Pyramids FC.

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