Tanzania Coach Amuneke Talks Tough Ahead Of AFCON Draw
Tanzania Coach Amuneke Talks Tough Ahead Of AFCON Draw(Image Credit: Premium Times)

The head coach of Tanzania Emmanuel Amuneke is confident that his side will make a big impact at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Amuneke, a member of Nigeria’s team that conquered the continent at Tunisia ’94, made history by guiding the Taifa Stars to qualify for the competition after a 39-year absence.

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He told ESPN that his Taifa Stars will not fear any big names in African football.

Tanzania trashed fellow East Africans Uganda 3-0 on the final day to finish in second position in Group L during the qualifying series.

Tanzania have been placed in Pot D ahead of the draw ceremony for the competition which will hold in Cairo on Friday and face the prospect of being pooled in the same group with some of the continent’s top guns, including Nigeria’s Super Eagles.

Amuneke, who was crowned the best footballer in Africa in 1994, insists his side will continue to work hard in the build-up to the tournament.

“I am a professional, and it does not matter even if I am playing against my mother or my late father; I want to win,” the 48-year-old told ESPN.

“And we cannot be afraid of anybody; otherwise we should not be among the 24 teams at the tournament. But we will continue to work hard, to improve, to learn from our mistakes and try to do better.”