AFCON 2019: Amuneke Reveals Brain Behind Historic Qualification
Amuneke won the African player of the year in 1994. Image: Brila FM

Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke after helping Tanzania to a historic qualification back to the Africa Cup of Nations praised his players for their hard work and dedication in achieving the feet.

The Tanzania coach said his players’ work ethics and belief was the force that guided the team to a historic qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Recall that the Taifa Stars thrashed group leaders Uganda 3-0 at the National Stadium on Sunday to finish second in Group L.

The victory in Dar es Salaam propelled the country to the continental stage for the first time since their debut appearance in 1980.

And Amuneke, the 1994 African Footballer of the Year and 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup-winning coach, has described the ‘tough’ feat with Tanzania football as an honour.

“It was an honour to have been given the opportunity to achieve great things with Tanzania football and I’m proud that what we set out to do as our first objective has been met,” Amuneke wrote on Instagram.

“Qualification for the 2019 AFCON was always going to be a tough task but the hard work and believe the team had got us through. Now we plan for Egpyt 2019 Afcon.”

The former Barcelona forward also matched a Nigerian record as the second person from the country to lead another team to the Africa Cup of Nations after late Stephen Keshi’s feat with Togo.

Meanwhile, football enthusiasts in Ebonyi State are celebrating the Taifa Stars qualification for the 2019 AFCON with Amuneke as the helmsman.

Desmond Ome, Ebonyi Football Association secretary, congratulated Amuneke for the feat, noting that it was achieved through dint of hard work.

“The victory was achieved because the players, officials and the Tanzanian FA members keyed-into Amuneke’s hard work mantra.

“He made it clear from the onset that the AFCON qualification was his target and sought the collaboration of relevant stakeholders to achieve the feat,” he said.