Zamalek's Nigerian great Amunike takes charge of Maqassa

Ahram Online , Saturday 1 Feb 2020

Soccer Football - Africa Cup of Nations 2019 - Group C - Tanzania v Algeria - Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - July 1, 2019 Tanzania coach Emmanuel Amunike during the match REUTERS

Zamalek's Nigerian great and former African player of the year Emmanuel Amunike was named as Maqassa's new coach, the Egyptian Premier League struggling club said on Saturday.

Amunike takes over at the club following the sacking of former Egypt striker Mido, who was shown the door after a string of poor results saw Maqassa drop to fourth from bottom in the league table.

Maqassa welcomed their new coach on Twitter as Amunike returns to the country where he made his name as a deadly forward in the early 1990s.

He joined Cairo giants Zamalek 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.

On the international level, Amunike was part of Nigeria's golden generation that won the Nations Cup in 1994 and reached the last 16 of the World Cup several months later. He was named Africa's best player in the same year before leading the U-23 side to the Olympic gold medal in 1996.

Amunike had mixed fortunes in his brief managerial tenure, however. He guided Nigeria's U-17 side to World Cup glory in 2015 but had unsuccessful spells with Julius Berger and Ocean Boys in his home country as well as Sudan's Al Khartoum SC.

He then took charge of the Tanzanian national team but they bowed out of last year's Nations Cup at the group stage after losing all their three games.

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