SLIGHTLY 25 years after he hogged the headlines with match-winning brace in the 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) win for Nigeria against Zambia, former Super Eagles winger Emmanuel Amuneke is confident he can help the Chipolopolo conquer the continent if given the nod to take over the reins of the team.
The Zambian national team job has been vacant since March after the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) failed to renew the contract of Belgian coach Sven Vandenbroeck following Chipolopolo’s failure to qualify for the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
Zambia Daily Mail reported yesterday that Amuneke is among a motley crowd of over 50 coaches that met Monday’s deadline for applicants willing to take over the vacant Chipolopolo’s managerial job.
“I’m the type of coach that is open to new challenges,” Amuneke, the 1994 African Footballer of the Year who made history last year by qualifying Tanzania for the AFCON after 39 years, told NationSport from his base in Santander.“ When I took the Tanzanian job, nobody gave us the chance to qualify for the AFCON in Egypt.
“As a coach, I constantly evaluate myself and position myself. As a player, I have done everything I needed to do and now I have to create my own story as a coach too.
“I’m open to challenges because without challenges nobody can progress. Without mistakes, you can never learn and you won’t know what you are capable of doing.
“I’m not afraid and I’m not limiting myself to coaching jobs in Nigeria and I’m ready to take any coaching job where I can establish my own ideas.”