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The heroics of Emmanuel Amuneke with Tanzania – qualifying the country for her first AFCON in 39 years, has led to some quarters in Nigeria deeming the 1994 African Cup of Nation winner as a suitable replacement for the incumbent coach of the Super Eagles.

Amuneke, a former head coach of the Nigeria U-17 team, while maintaining he would like to see out his contract with the Tanzania FA, inferred that he’s not slamming the door on the most sort after coaching job in Nigeria.

The former Barcelona winger told Ajao Kunle, for Naijafootballplus: “I have a contract with the Tanzanian national team, and my duty as a professional is to see off my contract and contribute to the success of their football.

“You can never tell what the future holds.

“If it pleases God that one day we’ll coach Nigeria, if not, God will always provide somewhere else. Nobody expected me to be in Tanzania.”

The 27 capped international, who led the Nigeria U-17 side to her record fifth World Cup title in Chile in 2015, also played down talks of qualifying Tanzania for the Nations Cup in Egypt as his greatest feat so far.

“Is it the greatest achievement {qualifying Tanzania for AFCON} of my managerial career?” he asked. “Well, of course, it’s up to you journalists to know if it is the greatest.”

“I’m happy for the job that we’re doing. I’m happy for the Tanzanian people. I’m just doing what I know best. Hopefully, we continue to grow from here. Hopefully, we continue to learn. Hopefully, we continue to have more knowledge about the game.”

Meanwhile, a former Super Eagles coach and captain, Sunday Oliseh said that going into the Nation’s Cup, Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi must be at full fitness.

According to Oliseh, the creativity of the midfielder would be key to the success of the three-time African Champions in Egypt

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