Emmanuel Amunike

Emmanuel Amunike (born 25 December 1970) is a Nigerian football coach and former professional football player who played as a winger.[1][2]

Emmanuel Amunike
Emmanuel Amunike 2017.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-12-25) 25 December 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Eziobodo, Nigeria
Playing position(s) Winger
Club information
Current team
Misr Lel Makkasa (Academy Supervisor)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1994 Zamalek 71 (26)
1994–1996 Sporting CP 51 (17)
1996–2000 Barcelona 19 (1)
2000–2002 Albacete 17 (1)
Total 158 (45)
National team
1993–2001 Nigeria 27 (9)
Teams managed
2008 Al Hazm (assistant)
2014–2017 Nigeria U17
2017–2018 Al Khartoum
2018–2019 Tanzania
2020 Misr Lel Makkasa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

He played for Zamalek, Sporting CP, Barcelona, and Albacete.

Amunike played 27 times for Nigeria, scoring nine goals.[3] He was part of the team that participated at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, scoring against Bulgaria and Italy;[4][5] also in that year, he helped the Super Eagles win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, eventually being voted African Footballer of the Year.

Additionally, Amunike played all the games at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, scoring the winning goal in the final as the national team won the gold medal.[6] Knee problems kept him out of the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Managerial careerEdit

on 23 December 2008, Amuneke took on training duties for some teams in Nigeria, after completing two years of training courses in Europe.[7][8][9]

Amunike coached the Nigeria national U17 football team to win the World Cup in 2015. On 6 August 2018, he was appointed as the coach of the Tanzania national football team.[10] He managed to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but he resigned from training the team after losing all three games.[11][12] In November 2019, he said he was looking for a new job.[13]

Honours and achievementsEdit


Sporting CP




Personal lifeEdit

Amunike's younger brothers, Kingsley and Kevin, were also footballers.[19] Both also played several years in Portugal, amongst other countries.


  1. ^ "EMMANUEL AMUNEKE: Love for coaching took me to Sudan". 3 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Las lesiones no dejaron cicatrices en Amunike" [Injuries left no scars in Amunike] (in Spanish). FIFA.com. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  3. ^ World Cup France 1998 – Nigeria; at Sports Illustrated
  4. ^ Eagles grounded as Baggio wakes; FIFA.com
  5. ^ The Super Eagle with broken wings; FIFA.com
  6. ^ Emmanuel AmunikeFIFA competition record
  7. ^ Amunike bags Berger job; All Africa, 23 December 2008
  8. ^ Why I left Berger Archived 7 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine; The Punch
  9. ^ Ex-Barcelona winger Emmanuel Amunike to coach Nigeria's Ocean Boys; Goal.com, 3 November 2009
  10. ^ "Tanzania appoint former Nigeria winger Amuneke as head coach". BBC Sport. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  11. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (3 July 2019). "Africa Cup of Nations: Tanzania must learn from exit, says Amuneke". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Amuneke leaves post as Tanzania coach by mutual consent". BBC Sport. 8 July 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Emmanuel Amuneke: Nigerian coach seeks new job". 2 November 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  14. ^ "Sporting 2-0 Maritimo". zerozero.pt. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Spain Cups 1996/97". rsssf.com. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  16. ^ https://www.worldfootball.net/teams/nigeria-team/afrika-cup-2000-in-ghana-nigeria/2/
  17. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/51342816
  18. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/24450345
  19. ^ Scott, Carl-Gustaf (16 September 2015). African Footballers in Sweden: Race, Immigration, and Integration in the Age of Globalization. Springer. ISBN 978-1-1375-3509-2.

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