Emmanuel Amunike joins U-20 team
The president of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has announced that U-17 team coach Emmanuel Amunike will join the U-20 team coaching staff.
Amunike had impressed many with his style of coaching as he successfully lifted the FIFA U-17 World Cup with the Golden Eaglets.
Amunike will retain his position as U-17 coach, but will join the U-20 staff so the players can make a seamless transition into the next level.
“We said from the very beginning of our tenure that our objective is that the bulk of our 2022 FIFA World Cup team will be from the boys of the last U17 team and this U17 team,” Pinnick told ESPN FC.
“By that time, they should be between the ages of 22 and 24. To ensure that they are properly monitored and groomed, Amunike will move up to join the U20 team as one of the assistant coaches.
“But he will also stay on as U17 coach to continue to develop players at that level.”