President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick has made a revelation that he was formerlly under immense pressure to sack the current Golden Eaglets Coach Emmanuel Amuneke.
Amuneke and his team to the African championships held in Niger earlier in the year did not meet the expectations of many and Pinnick revealed that he had to stuck to his gun to retain the former Barcelona star as the U17 Coach.
“I’m extremely happy for Emmanuel (Amuneke) because he, along with other officials, have demonstrated that they are good fathers to you all and I’m glad that I was able to withstand the pressure to sack him when the team failed to win the African Championship trophy in Niger Republic.
“Here in Chile, Emmanuel has shamed all the doubting Thomases but I don’t want you to forget that the most important match is against Mali on Sunday. This is a life -time opportunity for you to write your names in gold and you know how appreciative our country can be to winners and heroes. Sunday is the day to write your names into the history books,” Pinnick noted.
The Eaglets finished fourth at the 11th African U-17 Championship in Niger where Mali emerged as champions while the duo of South Africa and Guinea also finished ahead of Coach Amuneke tutored side.