Nigeria great Amunike leaves Maqassa after one month; Galal succeeds him

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Mar 2020

Former Super Eagles forward Emmanuel Amunike will supervise Maqassa's youth academies in Africa

Emmanuel Amunike (Photo: REUTERS)

After just one month in charge and two games, Nigeria's great Emmanuel Amunike will step down from his role as head coach of Egyptian side Maqassa, who on Sunday appointed Ihab Galal as his successor.

"The board decided to appoint Amunike as a supervisor of Maqassa's youth academies. We are launching several academies in Africa and we have just inaugurated our first one in Tanzania," a statement read on the club's website on Sunday.

The 49-year-old was named Maqassa's boss on 1 February, taking over on a six-month contract following the sacking of Ahmed "Mido" Hossam.

Amunike, who led Tanzania at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, took charge of Maqassa for only two matches, with his side playing out two draws with Smouha and El-Entag El-Harby.

The former Nigeria striker is an idol figure in Egypt after hitting stardom with Zamalek in the early years of his career.

Amunike joined the Cairo giants from Nigeria's Julius Berger in 1991 and went on to win two domestic league titles and one African Champions League crown in a glorious three-year spell with the club.

Amunike also played for Portugal's Sporting, Spanish giants Barcelona and Albacete before ending his career at Jordanian club Al-Wehdat in 2004.

Maqassa reinstated their former coach Galal in order to rescue their season as the team dropped to third from bottom after a string of poor results.

The 52-year-old, who left Masry last month after an 18-month spell, enjoyed a career high during his three-year spell at Maqassa from 2014-2017, helping them secure African Champions League football for the first time in their history after they finished second in the domestic league in 2017.

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